MADISON – As you haul your favorite decorations out of storage, prepare to light the
menorah or pick out the perfect Christmas tree, the Madison Fire Department asks you to keep in
mind a few safety tips to rest assured the coming weeks will be merry and bright!

Christmas Trees
∎ Select a tree with healthy green needles that don’t fall off when the branches are touched.
∎ Cut two inches off the trunk before placing it in the stand to encourage water absorption.
∎ Water your tree daily.
∎ Place the tree away from exits and at least three feet from heat sources such as space
heaters, candles, or fireplaces.
∎ If choosing an artificial tree, be sure it’s labeled, certified, or identified by the
manufacturer as fire-retardant.

Candles
∎ Place candles at least 12 inches away from any flammable material.
∎ Use sturdy candle holders that can’t be knocked over easily.
∎ Place candles on uncluttered surfaces.
∎ Blow out your candles before you leave a room or go to bed, and never leave a child or
pet alone in a room with a burning candle.
∎ Keep candles out of bedrooms and other sleeping areas.
∎ Consider using flameless candles, which look and smell like real candles.

Holiday Lights
∎ Choose lights that have the certification label of a recognized safety laboratory.
∎ Know whether your lights are designed for indoor or outdoor use and place them
accordingly.
∎ Examine cords for frays, shorts, tears, or any potential source of electrical problems.
∎ Turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving the home or going to bed.
Holiday memories last a lifetime. Ensure yours are joyful this year by reducing the risk of fire in
your home. The Madison Fire Department wishes everyone a safe and festive season!