It makes sense that a dry, or even artificial, Christmas tree decorated with lights that produce heat is a fire hazard. But, did you know Christmas tree fires burn so quickly they are more deadly than other home fires?!
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one of every 45 reported Christmas tree fires results in a death, on average. This is in comparison to an average of one death per 139 total reported home fires.
To reduce the risk of a Christmas tree fire in your home check out these 10 tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
1. Don't overload your tree with too many light strands
When you get too many strands on your tree, you can overload your outlet and end up with too much heat on your tree. Look at the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands you can safely connect.
4. If you have a real Christmas tree, keep it watered
It's recommended you water a live Christmas tree every day. If you keep your home particularly toasty during the winter, you may need to check the tree stand more often to ensure it's still properly hydrated. A dry tree is a huge fire hazard.
7. Don't decorate your Christmas tree with lit candles
Even on an artificial tree, an open flame is a fire hazard. There are several LED, flameless candle options you can use to decorate your tree instead.
10. Throw your Christmas tree out after the holidays, or when it's dry
When the holidays are done it is time to get rid of any real Christmas trees in your home. When you throw it out get it away from your house or other structures. Putting a dry Christmas tree in your garage or leaning it against your house is still a fire hazard. Check with your local community to see if there is a Christmas tree recycling program available.
Beyond your Christmas tree be sure to apply these rules to other holiday decorations you use in your home. Candles, wreaths, and other lights can all be fire hazards. You can keep things looking festive without putting your home and family in danger.