The gifts have been opened, the ornaments are starting to sag, and the fallen pine needles are multiplying daily – these are clear signs that it’s time to remove the Christmas tree and other holiday decorations from your home.
Christmas trees are flammable objects. The longer they’re in your home, the more they dry out, making them a significant fire hazard.
Nearly 40 percent of home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January. Although these fires aren’t common, when they do occur, they’re more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, as compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires.
While many people choose to keep their Christmas trees and holiday decorations up for a few weeks after the holidays, the continued use of seasonal lighting and dried-out trees presents increased fire risks.
For recommendations on safely disposing of your Christmas tree, along with tips for safely putting away holiday decorations, visit “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires”, NFPA’s campaign with the United States Fire Administration (USFA).