Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer.
Watch a Christmas tree fire
This NFPA/UL video demonstrates the flammability of a dry Christmas tree vs. a tree that has been watered regularly. Watch larger format.
Facts & figures
- Between 2003-2007, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 250 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 14 deaths, 26 injuries, and $13.8 million in direct property damage annually.
- Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they occur, they are likely to be serious. On average, one of every 18 reported fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in death.