Christmas tree safety

Fairfax County Emergency Information

Posted at 12:07 p.m.

Many families use the Thanksgiving holiday to find the perfect holiday tree and put it up in the home.

Fire Safety and Your Tree - Fairfax County Fire and Rescue DepartmentOur Fire and Rescue Department crews distributed Christmas tree safety tags to holiday tree lot vendors before Thanksgiving. The green and white 5 x 8 inch tags provide valuable fire safety tips to remember when purchasing a tree. Vendors will provide the “Fire Safety and Your Tree” tags with every tree purchase while they last.

Here are the Christmas tree fire safety tips that are on the tag:

  • Keep tree base immersed in water.
  • Do not permit smoking near the tree.
  • Use only lights that are Underwriters Laboratories (U.L.) approved.
  • Use flame retardant decorations and paper.
  • Inspect lights for frayed or cracked wiring, broken plugs, and defective sockets.
  • Unplug lights at night and when leaving the home.
  • Remove the tree soon after the holidays–before the needles dry out.


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