Department of Public Protection
Take Precautions with Christmas Tree

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 26, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jim Carroll, 502-564-7760  

     For many Kentucky families, nothing sets the mood for a joyous holiday season more than a Christmas tree. Taking basic precautions in decorating will ensure that tree doesn’t pose a fire hazard.

     “Christmas trees cause about 200 house fires a year around the United States,” said State Fire Marshal Rodney Raby. “Fires occur with both natural and artificial trees. But taking a few basic steps can ensure that your Christmas tree provides a safe and cheery atmosphere for this special occasion.”

    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers these safety tips:
• When decorating your tree, use only lights inspected and labeled by an independent testing laboratory. Lights labeled for outdoor use only should not be used on an indoor tree.
• Unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
• Never use lighted candles on a tree.
• Be sure a live tree is fresh when bought; water it often.
• Make sure an artificial tree is flame-retardant.
• Keep inquisitive children away from wiring and lights.
• Keep the tree at least three feet away from a heat source, like a fireplace.

     More information and tips are available at http://www.nfpa.

     The State Fire Marshal’s staff is part of the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.