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Wyandotte Fire Chief: Keep Your Christmas Tree Safe

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they have a higher chance to be deadly.

Wyandotte Fire Chief Jeffery Carley shared with Wyandotte Patch this list of Christmas tree safety tips:

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 1-2" from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • 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.
  • 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 lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After Christmas:

  • 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 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.

Facts:

  • One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
  • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they have a higher chance to be deadly.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every five of the fires.
  • As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

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