Don’t forget to water your Christmas tree

Thursday, Dec. 18, KCFCA partnered with Puget Sound Skills Center, King County Fire District 20 and Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority to conduct a fire safety demonstration to illustrate how quickly a dry Christmas tree can catch fire. 

Every year, Christmas trees and holiday decorations are responsible for nearly 1,000 fires across the country. Remember to water your tree so we don’t have to.

Below are a few more tips to keep you and your loved ones safe during the holidays:

  • Use an artificial Christmas tree that is UL listed.
  • When selecting a real tree pick one that is fresh and green. When you get it home make a fresh cut off the bottom of the tree and water it daily.
  • Keep your Christmas tree away from heaters, fireplaces, and heating vents. Heating sources will dry the tree quicker and are a potential source of ignition.
  • Turn off all decorations before leaving the house or going to bed
  • Remove the Christmas tree from your home when it is dry. Do not place it near your home or in the garage.
  • Look for the UL or other certified lab testing for holiday lighting.
  • Follow the directions on holiday lighting including the number of lights that can be safely connected and if they are intended for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Use flameless candles or when using traditional candles keep the at least 12 inches from flammable materials. Never leave candles unattended.
  • Have smoke working detectors in each bedroom, in the hallways, and in every level of the home.
  • If your Christmas tree catches on fire, get out of the house and call 911. Your property can be replaced.