Whitlock’s Tips to Prevent Christmas Tree Fires

Whitlock's Tips - Christmas Tree Fire Prevention

As you decorate this season, be fire-smart. Here are some tips from The Whitlock Group to stay safe. This information comes from the NFPA Public Education Division.


  • Almost one-third of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes more than one in every five fires.

How to pick the tree:

  • Look for a tree with fresh green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Where to put the tree:

  • Cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in the stand.
  • Place the tree at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights.
  • Add water to the tree stand daily.

Lighting and protecting the tree, pets, and home:

  • Use lights listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulbs.
  • Turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Keep pets away from the tree.
  • Test your smoke alarms to ensure they are in good condition.

What to do after Christmas:

  • Remove the tree quickly after Christmas or when it is dry.
  • Trees should not be left in the home or garage or placed outside against the home.
  • Check in your community to find a recycling program.

If you are unsure whether your Homeowners Insurance would cover you if the unforeseen happens, please contact Kristi Flynn