- When purchasing an artificial tree make sure it specifies that the tree is fire resistant. When purchasing real trees try to buy a tree that is as fresh as possible because it is less of a fire hazard than a dry tree.
- Water a cut tree on a daily basis and keep them away from fireplaces or other heat sources that can dry the tree out and create a fire hazard.
- When decorating, use fire retardant decorations and never leave a lit tree unattended.
- Place your tree out of the way of traffic and make sure to not block doorways.
- Dispose of your tree properly, soon after the end of the holidays before the needles dry out.
- Avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable or have small removable parts that can be swallowed by children. Also avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food as a child could be tempted to eat them.
- Purchase lights and electric decorations which have been approved by a testing agency such as the Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
- Check all lighting for frayed wires, broken plugs, and sockets. Never overload outlets, use no more than three strands of lights on a single extension cord.
- When hanging lights outside always use appropriate weatherproof lights and make sure they are firmly supported to protect from wind damage.
- Never use candles on or near trees or other flammable decorations and place them where they can not be knocked over.
- Turn off all lights on trees and other decorations before you go to bed or leave the house.
General Holiday Safety
- Keep matches, lighters, and candles out of the reach of children.
- Avoid smoking in the household near any flammable decorations.
- Do not wear loose fitting clothes near open flames, such as those of a fireplace, stove, or candlelit table.
- After decorating is complete check for and eliminate potential danger spots near candles, fireplaces, trees, and/or electrical connections.