Holiday and Christmas tree fire safety outreach materials
Outreach materials from the U.S. Fire Administration
Help increase awareness about holiday fires in your community with these messages and free materials.
Facts about home holiday fires
- One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
- Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires.
- A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of Christmas tree fires.
- More than half (56%) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle.
- December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.
Source: National Fire Protection Association
Public service announcement: holiday fire safety
Video clip: dry tree versus high moisture tree fire
Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires annually. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem. A dry and neglected tree can be.
This dramatic clip illustrates what happens when fire touches a dry tree and a properly maintained, well-watered tree. Please download and share this clip on your website and social media networks.
Additional video formats, transcript
Comparison of dry tree and properly maintained (high moisture) tree fires
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Broadcast Quality Clip (VOB, 95.2 MB)
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Safety hang tag for Christmas tree retailers
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Order our free Christmas tree fire safety hang tag to remind your customers how to care for a live tree in their homes. Order »
Use these free, high resolution photos to customize your materials and help spread the word in your community about battery-operated flameless candles and candle fire safety.
Visit the candle fire safety photo gallery
Social media messages
Copy and paste these messages to your social media accounts and ask your followers to share.
- Watch this short video to learn how you can prevent fires in your home this holiday season. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfuSO6cMPYM
- Watch what happens when fire touches a dry tree & a well-watered tree http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/holiday.shtm Water that #Christmas tree!
You are welcome to use this photo of flameless candles to go with your social media posts.
This holiday season, consider using battery-operated flameless candles. They look and smell real! Learn more about candle fire safety from the U.S. Fire Administration at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/holiday.shtm
Outreach materials from other organizations
The U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following organizations as trusted and reliable sources for free outreach materials you can use to help prevent home fires in your community during the holiday season.
- National Fire Protection Association
Safety fact sheets: Candles and religious candles | Christmas trees
Project Holiday: an online toolkit stuffed to the brim with everything you'll need for a comprehensive holiday safety campaign.
The National Fire Protection Association helps to reduce fire loss through consensus codes and standards, research, training and education.
- Fire Prevention and Public Education Exchange. Holiday and candle fire prevention and safety public education materials.
The Exchange serves as a centralized location for national, state and local fire prevention and life safety practices and public education materials that organizations may wish to share with other communities.
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