Christmas tree fires

Safety Tip

Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Read all of NFPA's Christmas tree safety tips and download our free safety tip sheet.

Lorraine Carli, NFPA Vice President of Communications, talks about holiday fire safety:

Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer.

Video: This NFPA/UL video demonstrates the flammability of a dry Christmas tree vs. a tree that has been watered regularly.

Facts & figures

  • Between 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in direct property damage annually.
  • On average, one of every 40 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.
  • Electrical problems were factors in one-third (32%0 of home Christmas tree structure fires.
  • Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.

Source: NFPA's "Home Christmas Tree and Holiday Light Fires" by John R. Hall, Jr., November 2013.

Also see: Fact sheet on Christmas trees and holiday lights (PDF, 51 KB)

Video: NFPA's Lisa Braxton offers a few simple safety tips to consider during the holiday season.

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