Advice on Christmas tree safety.

The holiday season is here, and many of us are excited to decorate our homes with Christmas trees. Whether you prefer artificial or natural cut trees, it's important to remember that they can pose a fire hazard if not used properly.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has guidelines in place to help ensure the safety of your home during the holiday season. These guidelines are based on NFPA 1, which provides requirements for both artificial and natural cut Christmas trees.

For artificial trees, it's important to choose a tree that is labeled as fire-resistant. You should also keep your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces and heaters, and use only lights that are labeled for indoor use.

If you prefer a natural cut tree, be sure to choose one that is fresh and has green needles that do not fall off easily. Make sure to cut at least 2 inches off the trunk of the tree before placing it in water, and keep the tree stand filled with water at all times. You should also keep your tree away from heat sources and use only lights that are labeled for outdoor use.

By following these guidelines and taking a few simple precautions, you can enjoy a safe and happy holiday season with your family and friends. Remember, safety comes first!


Find the full NFPA article here: https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/Blogs-Landing-Page/NFPA-Today/Blog-Posts/2016/12/02/nfpa-1-requirements-for-artificial-and-natural-cut-christmas-trees-firecodefridays