Keep your tree and decorations fire safe

12/5/20221 year ago

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Christmas/Holiday Tree and Decoration Safety - 2022


  • When purchasing a tree, buy one that is as fresh as possible. Tap the butt on the ground and grab a branch near the top and pull your hand along it slowly. Needles should not fall off. If you bend a needle and it breaks before bending in half, it’s too dry!
  • Make a fresh cut an inch or two from the bottom before placing it in the stand. This will help with water absorption. Water a live tree every day. When the tree becomes dry, discard it.
  • Place your tree in a non-tip style stand with wide feet, using extra wires or weight if needed to keep it steady. Keep doorways and exits clear. Place your tree and decorations away from heaters, fireplaces, candles, and other sources of heat.
  • Purchase electric holiday lights that are listed by an approved testing agency and follow the manufacturer’s directions. Consider switching to newer LED lights that are cooler and use less electricity. Inspect older lights for frayed wires or other defects. Make sure the bulbs themselves are not touching combustible decorations, curtains, wrapped gifts, or tree skirts. Never use lighted candles as decorations! Turn off the lights when leaving the house or going to bed for the night.
  • Remove your tree soon after the holidays and take advantage of the Cambridge DPW pickup recycling program. Check with DPW for your collection schedule.


Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors:

  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Review your emergency escape plan with family and guests. Include your pets in the escape plan.
  • For a fire or other emergency: alert everyone, get to a safe area, and call 911 immediately.


Make the Christmas/Holiday Season a Safe one for Everyone!

Christmas Holiday tree safety NFPA photo