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‘Tis the season for Christmas tree fires

Dec 12, 2023, 7:00 AM | Updated: 7:03 am

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A man shops for a Christmas tree at Crystal River Christmas Trees in Alameda, Calif. on Nov. 26, 2021. Extreme weather and supply chain disruptions have led to shortages and higher prices for both real and artificial Christmas trees this year. Photo: AP Photo/Terry Chea

SALT LAKE CITY — The Unified Fire Authority is urging people to use extreme caution with their live Christmas trees this season.

“I would say a majority of the home fires that I, personally, have been on are due to Christmas trees,” said Public Information Officer with Unified Fire Authority, Benjamin Porter.

Christmas trees dry out very quickly and most require daily watering.  Oftentimes, those dry trees are placed near a heat source and it becomes a recipe for disaster.

“I know it’s so pretty to have those trees next to your fireplaces but just be so careful not to put it next to something that could throw a spark.” said Porter

Unified Fire Authority took to social media to show a video demonstration of a tree being engulfed in flames in just seconds.  Dry Christmas trees burn extremely hot.

 

“Think about where people put their Christmas trees.  Right in the middle of the home.  It’s going to spread quick,” said Porter.

The UFA has tips for fire safety. When getting your tree, make sure you get a fresh cut of the trunk. It’s important to to check water levels daily to ensure your tree is still taking in moisture. Place trees away from any heat sources like vents and space heaters. 

Additionally, LED lights are a safer option. Incandescent bulbs are a source of heat.  

Once Christmas is over, don’t let the tree dry out in your home and  keep it away from your home or other heat sources when disposing of it.

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‘Tis the season for Christmas tree fires