Fire Safety Tips for Natural Christmas Trees November 27, 2019 Email As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow very large quickly. The following tips will ensure you have the freshest — and the safest — tree possible: Picking the tree Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Placing the tree Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk. Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, heaters, candles or lamps. Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit. Add water to the tree stand daily if needed to keep the trunk submerged. Lighting the tree Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use. 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. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect. Never use candles to decorate the tree. Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed. After Christmas Remove the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage or placed against the home. Never burn a tree in the fireplace or a woodstove. After the holidays, keep your tree in a secure location before collection day to prevent arson or vandalism.