Fresh Christmas Tree Safety Tips

How to choose, cut and safely display a fresh Christmas tree that will warm your family's hearts without causing fire danger in your home: Tips from the City of Napa.

Napa Valley's Christmas tree farms and tree lots are all open for business, and many families are bringing home fresh trees to decorate.

Don't let your carefully-chosen fresh Christmas tree become a fire hazard. Observe these safety tips from the City of Napa:

The most important safety factor regarding natural Christmas trees is freshness. The higher the moisture content of the tree, the less likely it is to dry out and become a serious fire hazard.

The following tips will ensure you have the freshest—and the safest—tree possible: 

• Select a tree with needles that do not pull easily from its branches or break when gently bent. 

• Clean the tree stand with a mixture of one cup water and a capful of bleach.

• Re-cut the trunk diagonally one or two inches above the old cut and immediately place in water. 

• Keep the water level in the tree stand above the cut line.

•Consider using a commercial floral preservative in the water. 

• Place the tree away from heat sources, being careful not to block the exitways. 

• Keep candles and other flames away from Christmas trees. 

• Heaters should be turned down or off when leaving the house. 

• Check tree lights carefully for damage.

• Do not leave tree lights on unattended.

• Remove the tree as soon as possible after the holidays. 

• Never burn a tree in the fireplace or a woodstove. 

• After the holidays, keep your tree in a secure location before collection day to prevent arson or vandalism.

For more about Christmas in the Napa Valley, please see: 

  • Christmas Comes to Calistoga: Tractor Parade and More
  • Santa Claus is Coming to (Down)town Napa
  • Where to Buy Christmas Trees in the Napa Valley
  • CHP Seeks Toys for Napa County Kids
  • Holiday Gifts from Heifer Keep Giving All Year Round
  • Watch: Musical Moments Highlight Napa Christmas Parade
  • Watch: Lights and Sirens at the Napa Christmas Parade
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