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  • Christmas Tree Safety

    According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2006-2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees (per year). These fires caused an average of 4 deaths, 21 injuries, and $17.3 million in direct property damage annually. Additionally, electrical malfunctions, candles, heaters, and children playing with fire started many of these preventable tragic fires. There are steps you can take to reduce the chance of fires from real and artificial trees. more info

    When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness.
    A fresh tree is green with needles that are hard to pull from the branches. The trunk butt of a fresh tree should be sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.
    Remember - Cut trees remain fresh for a short time. 
    Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks.
    Things to know about artificial trees.
    When purchasing a metallic or artificial tree, make sure it is flame retardant. Look for the label "Fire Resistant."  Although this label does not mean the tree won't catch fire, it does indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly. 
    About placement of your Christmas Tree.

    Place your tree away from heat sources and escape exits. Remember to water the tree daily.  

    About decorations, set up and removal of your tree.
    Decorate your Christmas tree (real or artificial) only with flame-retardant or non-combustible decorations.
    Make sure your tree stand is wide-based and sturdy. This reduces chances of the tree toppling over.  Do not let a live tree dry out. Always use a tree stand with a water reservoir, and keep the reservoir filled.
    Never use candles on or near the tree.

    Safely dispose of your tree before it becomes dangerously dry. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick-up service.

    Never burn trees or tree parts in your fireplace. 
    Test results at the National Fire Protection Association show that:
    • A tree flocked with fire resistant material would not burn.
    • A tree that has been constantly watered would not burn.
    • A tree that was not watered for several days caught fire and burned completely in under one minute.

  • Christmas Lights Safety

    Safe use of Christmas Lights is an important concern for the holidays. more info


    Christmas Light Safety

    Purchase only UL approved lights.

    Check all indoor and outdoor lights for frayed cords, and replace old lights if necessary.

    Never use lights as decorations with an empty socket.

    Lights should not touch combustible materials.

    Before using lights outdoors, check the label to be sure the lights have been certified for outdoor use.

    Turn off all Christmas lights, prior to leaving your home or going to bed.

    Consider using mini lights or LED lights. These are the safest because they produce less heat .

    General Holiday Decorations:

    Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree.

    Choose tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or nonleaded metals. Leaded materials are hazardous if ingested by children.

    In homes with small children, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable, and keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children to avoid the child swallowing or inhaling these small pieces.

    Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food. These may tempt a child to eat them.

    Wear gloves to avoid eye and skin irritation while decorating with spun glass""angel hair.""

    Follow container directions carefully to avoid lung irritation while decorating with artificial snow sprays.

    See the safety tips on Christmas Trees for more holiday safety.

  • A Fire-Safe Family Gathering

    People gathering together is the real joy of the holiday season. Here are ideas to help make the holiday safer. more info

    Take a few moments to protect your friends and family from an unexpected tragedy. Test the smoke alarms in your home to make sure they’re working.


    Be certain everyone in your family knows and practices your home fire escape plan.

  • Christmas Candles

    Candles are a traditional and beautiful part of the holiday season. They are also a direct source of fire in your home, so candle safety is important. more info

    Use non-flammable holders and position candles a safe distance from your tree and other holiday decorations. 

    Consider the new battery operated candles for long lasting, safer decorating purposes.

    Children are always fascinated by candles and are drawn to them, so place yours safely out of children’s reach.

    For many more details on Candle safety, visit the household section of tips concerning Candle Safety.

  • Holiday Gift Idea

    Looking for a holiday gift that shows you care? more info

    Give the gift of a smoke alarm

    A smoke alarm is a terrific idea. Nine out of ten home fire deaths occur at night when people are asleep. So this holiday season, give your friends a present that protects and watches over them all year round....A smoke alarm.