Christmas decorations fire safety tips

Many of us will be putting up our Christmas trimmings this weekend to mark the start of December.

Christmas is a special time for celebration and should not end in tragedy because of the extra hazards that are present at this time of year.

Follow our safety tips to prevent your Christmas decorations from potentially becoming a fire hazard…

Fairy lights

  • Check the fuse type (see the packaging for details of the maximum size of fuse)
  • If bulbs blow, replace them
  • Make sure you turn fairy lights off when you leave the property or while sleeping
  • Don’t let the bulbs touch anything that can burn easily, like paper
  • Don’t overload sockets


  • Decorations made of light tissue paper or cardboard burn easily
  • Don’t attach them to lights or heaters
  • Don’t put them immediately above or around the fireplace
  • Keep them away from candles

Selecting a tree for Christmas

  • Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches
  • The needle should not break if the tree has been freshly cut
  • The trunk should be sticky to the touch
  • Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out, and is a fire hazard

Caring for your tree

  • Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks
  • Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree
  • Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.

Disposing of your tree

  • Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly.
  • The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling centre or having it taken away by a community pickup service.

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