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Enjoy the holiday season with fire safety in mind

Posted Dec. 11, 2019

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burning christmas tree
A dry Christmas tree can go up in flames in as little as 30 seconds.

As you deck the halls this holiday season, the Fort Worth Fire Department encourages you to be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

When selecting your live tree, choose a tree with fresh, green needles that don’t fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in its stand, cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Check the water level daily.

Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After Christmas

  • Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it’s dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage or placed outside against the house.
  • In Fort Worth, trees can be placed curbside for recycling or taken to one of the drop-off stations.
  • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and to make them last longer.

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