Christmas Tree Fire Safety

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire-smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.


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


  • 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. Be sure to add water daily.


  • Use lights that are listed by a qualified 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.


  • Almost one-third of 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.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes more than one in every five of the fires.

You should dispose of the tree as soon as you can after Christmas or when it becomes dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage or placed outside against the home. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

Roy City residents can take their trees (tree only) to the Public Works building for disposal during business hours
M-Th 6 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Fri. 6 a.m. – 10 a.m.
December 27th to January 31st
5460 S. 2700 W.


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