Christmas Tree Fire Safety Tips

December 3, 2019

christmas tree fire safetyHave you noticed many of our Utica area neighbors got their Christmas trees up early this year? They blissfully broke with tradition: “We don’t get our tree up before Thanksgiving.” Maybe people need some cheering up. What with all the politics in the news recently. The extreme weather with rain, floods, and snow.

We checked with the American Christmas Tree Association to get some insight. We found that psychologists say getting your tree up early may make you happier. It can produce a neurological shift that can produce happiness. And Christmas decorating spikes dopamine, a hormone that will make you feel good.

All this is good news to us. We hope you agree and you can get that tree up soon.

But you knew something about safety was coming. After all, we’re an insurance agency, a business that stresses loss prevention. So we thought this a good time for some Christmas tree fire safety tips. We want you to enjoy the beauty of your tree in all its splendor this holiday season…without a house fire!

These valuable tips are from the Christmas Tree Association and our friends at Trusted Choice For Independent Insurance Agents.

Christmas Tree Fire Safety

  • Buy a tree with fresh green needles that don’t easily break off the tree. Dry trees are more likely to catch fire.
  • Take a saw and slice a piece off the bottom of the tree. This breaks any seal formed by sap and allows the tree to absorb water.
  • Place your tree away from the fireplace, candles, radiators, and heat vents.
  • Get a quality tree stand that holds lots of water. Again, you don’t want your tree drying out.
  • Throw out damaged tree lights or strings.
  • Water the tree every day. A tree can take in a gallon or more of water on the first day it’s up, then one or more quarts per day after that.
  • Be extra careful with holiday candles. Keep them away from the tree, drapes, paper, anything flammable.
  • LED lights are good for indoor trees. And don’t use outdoor lights on your tree.
  • Be sure tree lights are out before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Dry trees are the most dangerous for your home. As soon as the needles start to fall off, bring it outside for disposal.

While we’re talking about Christmas tree safety, consider your homeowners insurance coverages. If you have any questions on the amount of insurance you have on your home and its contents, give us a call. We’re here to help you calculate the right amount of insurance for your unique situation.

So keep it safe and enjoy your holiday and the warm, splendor of your beautiful (safe) Christmas tree.

Until next time,
Your SZW Team

SZW Insurance is your Utica area Trusted Choice™ independent insurance agent. Call us for a quote on insurance for your home, car, business, or life at 315.792.0000. Or request a quote here. In Westchester County call Zak Scalzo at 914.246.0315 or email at