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December 7, 2023

Staying safe with holiday decorations

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Sometimes holiday lights aren't all they're cracked up to be! Learn how to prevent electrical fires with your holiday decor, and share these tips with your neighbors.

Team Nextdoor
Team Nextdoor

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, almost 1/3 of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. A heat source placed too close to the tree causes more than 1 in every 5 tree fires.

Below are tips to prevent Christmas tree fires, and best practices for managing electrical holiday decorations.

PICKING THE TREE

  1. ✅ Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. The drier the tree, the more combustible it is.

PLACING THE TREE

  1. 🪵 Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
  2. 🕯️ Ensure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights.
  3. 🚪 Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  4. 💧 Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to check and add water, daily. Christmas trees are quite thirsty!

LIGHTING THE TREE

  1. 🚫 Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  2. 👊 Use lights listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  3. 💡 Some lights are only for indoor use, or outdoor use. Know your lights!
  4. 👉 Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections.
  5. 📝 Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the maximum number of light strands to connect.
  6. ➡️ Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home, or going to bed. An indoor timer or smart plug can be helpful tools to make sure you don't forget!

AFTER THE HOLIDAYS

  1. 👋 Please get rid of the tree after Christmas, or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger, and should not be left in the home, garage, or placed outside against the home.
  2. ♻️ Check with your local community to find a tree recycling program.
  3. 🧹 Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards, and make them last longer.
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