Home Decorators Artificial Tree Recalled due to Fire Hazard


In recent years, there has been a growing concern over the safety of artificial Christmas trees, particularly those outfitted with electrical components such as lights. These trees, while convenient and reusable, can pose a significant risk if not manufactured to stringent safety standards. The potential for electrical malfunctions, overheating, or flammable materials can turn a beloved holiday decoration into a dangerous fire hazard.

This year, concern escalated when Home Depot announced the recall of a specific model of artificial trees. Home Depot revealed that 883 of these trees had been sold in Canada, though as of Tuesday, no incidents or injuries had been reported. The affected trees were sold during October and November of this year.

The Product description is: Home Decorators Collection 7.5 ft.Grand Duchess Balsam Fir LED Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree with 5000 Colour Changing Lights , and the Government of Canada Recall includes further details. Consumers who purchased the affected trees, identified by model number 23LE61001 and article number 1001803629, are urged to return them to a local Home Depot store for a full refund. This proactive measure is essential for ensuring the safety of households during the holiday season.

So, what can be done to ensure the safety of your holiday decorations? Here are a few essential tips to consider:

  1. Look for a UL label: The UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Standard for artificial Christmas tree safety is UL 588. This standard sets forth requirements for the construction, performance, and testing of artificial Christmas trees to ensure they meet certain safety criteria. Some key aspects covered by UL 588 include Fire resistance, electrical components, stability, and labeling. 

    Compliance with UL 588 provides assurance to consumers that the artificial Christmas tree they are purchasing has undergone rigorous testing and meets recognized safety standards. When shopping for artificial Christmas trees, it's advisable to look for products that are UL 588 certified to ensure they meet these safety requirements. 

  2. Inspect for Damage: Thoroughly inspect your artificial tree for any signs of damage, especially around electrical components such as lights and wiring. Frayed wires, exposed connections, or damaged sockets should be addressed immediately or the tree should be replaced.

  3. Follow Safety Guidelines: When setting up and decorating your tree, follow the manufacturer's instructions and safety guidelines carefully. Avoid overloading electrical outlets, using damaged or worn-out decorations, or placing flammable materials near heat sources.

  4. Use LED Lights: Opt for LED lights instead of traditional incandescent bulbs. LED lights generate less heat, reducing the risk of fire, and are more energy-efficient.

  5. Keep an Eye Out: Be vigilant and keep an eye on your tree while it's illuminated. If you notice any unusual smells, sparks, or flickering lights, unplug the tree immediately and investigate the cause.

  6. Have an Emergency Plan: Despite all precautions, accidents can still happen. Make sure your family has a fire emergency plan in place, including evacuation routes and designated meeting points.

As we prepare to celebrate the holiday season with our loved ones, let's prioritize safety and take proactive measures to protect our homes and families. By staying informed, following safety guidelines, and being vigilant, we can ensure that our holiday decorations bring nothing but joy and warmth to our homes. Remember, a safe holiday is a happy holiday!