Holiday Safety Tips

Each year, hospital emergency rooms treat about 8,100 people for injuries, such as falls, cuts, and shocks related to holiday lights, decorations, and Christmas trees. In addition, Christmas trees are involved in more than 400 fires annually, resulting in 30 deaths, 90 injuries and an average of more than $17 million in property loss and damage.

  1. Trees
  2. Lights
  3. Decorations
  4. Fireplaces
  5. Fire Extinguishers
  6. Heaters
  7. Candles
  8. Smoking Material
  9. Choose Fire-Safe Toys
  10. Watch Children

Artificial Trees

When purchasing artificial trees, 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. 

Fresh Trees

When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from the branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles. 

Setting Up a Tree

When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces and radiators. Because heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly, be sure to keep the stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways.