Holiday and Christmas Tree Fire Safety

 

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire.
 
Following a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles and the ever popular Christmas tree from creating a tragedy.
 

 

·         Don’t put your live Christmas tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks.
·         Place trees away from heat sources, including fireplaces or heat vents. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks.
·         Keep the live tree stand filled with water at all times. 
·         Use only nonflammable decorations.
·         Don’t link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it’s safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet.
·         Avoid using lit candles; consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles  
·         Ensure that Christmas trees and other holiday decorations don’t block an exit way.

 

For more tips on how to prevent a holiday fire and what to do in case a fire starts in your home, visit the U.S. Fire Administration's website at ww​w.usfa.fema.gov
 
 
Authority of Fire Chief Michael Zywanski
 
 
Information Contact Lieutenant Kevin Plach, Fire Marshal at (847) 318-5286
 

 


 
 
 

 



 
 
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