Christmas Tree Safety

Published by The Bee News

December 8, 2022

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The Bullhead City Fire Department urges residents to exercise fire safety through the holiday season. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), the latest statistics between 2016 and 2020 show US fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. By following these simple safety tips this holiday season you will help to prevent a tree-related fire in your home.

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Christmas Tree Safety:

  • If you have an artificial tree, be sure it’s labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire-retardant.
  • If you choose a fresh tree, make sure the green needles don’t fall off when touched: before placing it in the stand, cut 1-2” from the base of the trunk and immediately put it in a stand with fresh water. Be sure to water daily.
  • Do not block exits; place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source, such as a fireplace, space heater, or heat vent.
  • Decorate your tree using lights labeled as an independent testing laboratory.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, loose bulbs, or connections.
  • Do not link more than three light strands together unless the directions indicate it is safe.
  • Never use candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving your home or going to bed.
  • After Christmas, remove the tree from your home. Dried-out trees are a fire hazard and should not be left in the home, garage, or outside of the house.

Most importantly, be sure to have working smoke alarms inside of each bedroom, outside sleeping areas, and on every level of the home, including basements. On levels without bedrooms, install alarms in the living room (den or family room), near the stairway leading to the upper levels, or in both locations. If you need smoke alarms or assistance, please contact our Community Risk Reduction Division at 928-758-3971.

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