Five Christmas Tree Safety Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

Five Christmas Tree Safety Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for consumers to celebrate with Christmas traditions, from baking cookies and stringing lights to decorating their Christmas trees, both live and artificial. In the midst of these holiday traditions, it is essential that consumers also take a moment to consider and practice Christmas tree safety.

There are five easy ways to practice Christmas tree safety for both artificial and live trees this year:

  1. Always place your tree a minimum of 3 feet from heat sources, including lamps, heating vents, radiators, fireplaces, and candles.
  2. Never use lit candles to decorate your tree, artificial or live. Do not place lit candles underneath or near your Christmas tree, and never leave burning candles unattended.
  3. Before stringing lights on your tree, check your lights for cracked or missing bulbs and frayed wires. If lights show signs of damage, dispose of the light strand. When replacing damaged lights, be sure to check for UL-certified lights, which are evaluated for consumer safety.
  4. Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving the house or going to bed.
  5. For live trees, be sure to water your tree regularly, keeping the water level well above the trunk base within the Christmas tree stand.

No matter what type of tree consumers celebrate with, it only takes a moment to practice these five easy tree safety habits to have a safe and healthy holiday season.