With proper care to maintain water uptake and freshness, Real Christmas Trees are highly unlikely to ignite. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas Trees are ignited in less than 1/10 of one percent of all home fires. For further details on the safety of Real Christmas Trees, see the National Christmas Tree Association's Website at http://www.christmastree.org/dnn/Education/HolidaySafety.aspx.
In the context of basic household safety guidelines like the following, a Real Christmas Tree can be part of a safe and happy holiday season for your family.
- Be sure to follow the guidelines in our Tree Care Tips section to ensure that your tree remains fresh and constantly supplied with water. This is the most important factor in Christmas Tree safety.
- To avoid possible ignition hazards or accelerated drying of your fresh cut christmas tree, choose a display location away from heat sources such as heating vents, fireplaces, wood stoves, or direct sunlight.
- Always turn off and unplug tree light sets before retiring for the evening or leaving the house.
- To reduce drying, choose tree lights that produce minimal heat, such as miniature lights.
- Always choose light sets that are UL Listed.
- Avoid overloading electrical circuits.
- Before mounting your light sets to the tree, always inspect them for signs of damage or wear. Look especially for worn insulation, bent prongs on electrical plugs, or signs of internal wire breakage, such as white spots on plastic insulation due to creasing.
- Remove the tree from your house immediately after Christmas or if the tree is dry.
- Do not burn any part of a Christmas Tree in a fireplace or wood stove.
- Dispose of your tree properly after removing it from your house. See our Tree Recycling section for more information.
- Avoid excessive household clutter, especially flammable materials such as used gift wrap, in the area near your Christmas Tree.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure fresh batteries are installed.
The above is based on information from the National Christmas Tree Association. For comprehensive fresh cut christmas tree care guidelines, please see their website at http://www.christmastree.org/dnn/Education/HolidaySafety.aspx.