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All About Christmas Tree Safety

Updated: Dec. 16, 2021

Follow a few simple fire prevention rules to prevent Christmas tree fires

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Keep your Christmas tree fire-safe by keeping it watered. Buy it fresh, pull light plugs overnight, keep it well away from candles and fireplaces, and other fire prevention tips.

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Christmas tree safety system

This Christmas tree safety system includes a low water sensor and a heat sensor that’ll alert you to potential trouble.

Every year Christmas trees start fires. You can prevent most of these fires by following simple rules.

1. Make Sure the Tree is Healthy

First off, choose a recently cut, healthy tree. A fresh tree holds moisture better. Grab a tree branch and run your hand over it—no more than a few needles should fall off. As soon as you get the tree home, cut 1/2 in. off the trunk and place the tree in a bucket of water until you’re ready to bring it into the house.

2. Water the Tree Frequently

When you set the tree up to decorate it, make sure it’s stable in the stand and won’t tip over, and water it frequently. A 6-ft. tree needs about 1 gallon of water every other day.

3. Decorate Safely

When decorating, use lights rated for indoor use that don’t create heat (such as LED lights). And don’t overload your electrical outlet. If you want to power dozens of strands of lights and other electric decorations, plug them into different circuits around the house. If you continually blow a circuit, it’s probably overloaded.

Here are some other tips:

  • Don’t use electric lights on a metal tree.
  • Unplug tree lights before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Keep the tree at least 3 ft. from candles and fireplaces.

A new Christmas Tree Safety System is designed to detect low water in the tree stand and send a warning if a fire starts. Place the Lifekeeper Christmas Tree Saftey System low water detector in the tree stand. It’ll send an audio alert and trigger flashing lights on the attached heat sensor angel if the water level gets too low.

The ornamental angel, attached to the tree, signals a remote alarm if it senses heat, warning you that a fire could start or has started. The alarm plugs into the wall.

Don’t forget to check out these other fire safety tips for the holiday season.

Here’s How to Build a Christmas Tree Stand:

Required Tools for this Project

You’ll need a handsaw, water bucket and tree stand that holds water when you buy and put up a Christmas tree.