Each year, fire departments respond
to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas
trees. Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help
make your holidays safer.
Picking the tree
If you have an artificial tree,
be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified
by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
Choose a tree with fresh, green
needles that do not fall off when touched.
This NFPA/UL video demonstrates
the flammability of a dry Christmas tree vs.
a tree that has been watered regularly.
Placing the tree
Before placing the tree in the
stand, cut 1–2” from the base of the trunk.
Make sure the tree is at least
three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces,
radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
Make sure the tree is not blocking
Add water to the tree stand. Be
sure to add water daily.
Lighting the tree
Use lights that have the label
of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights
are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
Replace any string of lights with
worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
Connect no more than three strands of mini string
sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.
Never use lit candles to decorate
Always turn off Christmas tree
lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Get rid of the tree when it begins
dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger
and should not be left in the home or garage, or
placed outside against the home. Check with your
local community to find a recycling program. Bring
outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays
to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
We have a Certified Technician for Child Passenger Safety at Black Jack Fire Protection.
Please bring your car seats to
House #3, 5675 N. Hwy 67, for a safety check and/or installation,
or call 314-741-9905 and ask for Nancy.