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HALTOM CITY

5024 Broadway Ave.
Haltom City, TX  76117
817-222-7700

Central Fire Station

5525 Broadway Ave.
Haltom City, TX  76117

Contact Information

Emergency 911
Information 817 759-8660
Fax 817 759-8656

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

From the Haltom City Fire Marshal

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. Carefully decorating your home can help make your holidays safer.

Selecting Your Tree

Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Preparation & Placement of the Tree

Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk. Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit. Add water to the tree stand and be sure to add water daily.

Lighting Your Tree

Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect. Never use lit candles to decorate the tree. Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After Christmas

Get rid of the tree after Christmas. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home, garage, or placed outside against the home. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards & make them last longer.

haltom city fire rescue christmas tree safety


 We produced the short video below to demonstrate the rapid pace at which a dried out Christmas tree can go up in flames.

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