Christmas Tree Safety
7 tips for preventing a Christmas tree-related fire
- Pick a fresh tree
- Keep the tree watered
- Keep the tree away from heat
- Shake the tree
- Check the tree lights
- Turn tree off when you’re not home
- Get rid of your tree soon after the holidays
Winter holiday fire facts
- Between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees yearly. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 15 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually.
- On average, one of every 52 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 135 total reported home fires.
- In 44% of home Christmas tree fires, electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved.
- In one-quarter (25%) of the Christmas tree fires, some type of heat sources, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree.
- One-fifth (21%) of Christmas tree fires were intentional.
- Roughly three-quarters of Christmas tree fires occurred in December or January.
- Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room.
SERVPRO can help if you find yourself in this type of disaster.