It's the time of year that we get to
gather with family and friends and enjoy all of the moments that made this year special. As we get ready for
the holiday season we wanted to take the time and thank you for your continued support. From all of us, we
wish you a Healthy & Happy Holiday and a Prosperous New
Christmas Tree Safety
house fires can start from Christmas tree decorations. These fires spread fast and can cause an immense amount
of damage to your home. Please watch the video below and use these helpful hints to help prevent a fire in
Facts about home holiday fires:
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 are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure
Christmas tree fires results in a death.
A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly
one in every six of Christmas tree fires.
More than half (56%) of home candle fires occur
when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle.
December is the peak time of year for home candle
fires. In December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the
Source: National Fire Protection Association
Video clip: dry tree
versus high moisture tree fire
Christmas trees account for
hundreds of fires annually. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or
matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem. A dry and neglected tree can
This dramatic clip illustrates
what happens when fire touches a dry tree and a properly maintained, well-watered tree. Watch the clock in
the lower left corner and see how fast the fire gets out of control.
Christmas tree safety tips
decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer.
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.
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 an exit.
Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water
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 the tree.
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.