Holiday, candle and Christmas tree fire safety outreach materials
Help increase awareness about holiday fires in your community with these messages and free materials.
Facts about home holiday fires
- One of every four home Christmas tree fires is 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 32 reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires.
- A heat source too close to the tree causes one in every four Christmas tree fires.
- The top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve.
- Candles start two out of five home decoration structure fires.
Source: National Fire Protection Association
Digital media library
Here you’ll find social media content, pictographs, stock photos, videos and b-roll to increase awareness about holiday fire safety.Explore the library
Outreach materials from the U.S. Fire Administration
Free handouts and posters
Download the flyer and customize with your logo. PDF ~ 160 KB
Safety hang tag
Tree retailers: Download and print our Christmas tree fire safety hang tag to remind your customers how to care for a live tree in their homes.
Video clip: Dry tree versus high moisture tree fire
Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires each year. 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 demonstrates 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.
Fire Prevention and Public Education Exchange
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. Visit the Exchange for outreach materials on holiday, Christmas tree, and candle fires.
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
- Holiday fire safety | Candle fire safety
The National Fire Protection Association helps to reduce fire loss through consensus codes and standards, research, training and education.
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