Christmas tree fires, while rare, are unusually deadly. Some simple precautions can keep the holiday season safe.

The winter holiday season should be a joyous time of year. However, certain types of fires and injuries are associated with holiday decorating. Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association 250 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 170 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year. Together, these fires resulted in 21 deaths and 43 injuries.

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.

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department provides holiday and Christmas Tree safety tips, including a downloadable PDF tip sheet, at https://www.sandiego.gov/fire/safety/tips/christmastree

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