Christmas tree fires

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.

NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)
1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-7471 USA
Telephone: +1 617 770-3000 Fax: +1 617 770-0700