City of Marion, IA

11/28/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/28/2017 09:49

Use Caution with Real Christmas Trees

The Marion Fire Department wants everyone to remain safe this holiday season. Here are some important reminders from the National Fire Protection Agency if you plan to display a real Christmas tree inside your home.

1. When choosing that perfect tree, pick one with nice green needles that do not fall off when you touch them.

2. Before placing the tree in the tree stand inside your house, cut about 1-2' away from the base of the trunk.

3. Make sure the tree is away from any heat sources like fireplaces, candles, radiators, heat vents or lights.

4. Make sure the tree is not blocking any exit or the path to an exit.

5. Add water to the tree stand every day so that the tree maintains a high moisture content.

6. Read the labels on the Christmas lights to see how many strings can safely be plugged in together. Plugging too many together can cause them to overheat and cause a tree to start on fire. Make sure they are listed for indoor or outdoor use depending on where you are using them.

7. Do not use any lights that have broken bulbs or have damaged wiring. One out of every three fires that started in a Christmas tree was caused by an electrical problem. If you are leaving or going to bed, remember to unplug the Christmas lights.