CHICAGO — The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) held its annual event to demonstrate the danger of under-watered Christmas trees when near space heaters.
CFD Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt along with representatives from the Illinois Fire Marshal’s office and Home Depot took part in the demonstration and discussed best practices to avoid what could become a deadly event.
The tips provided include:
- When picking a tree, chose a tree with fresh green needles that do not fall off when touched
- Before placing the tree in the stand, cut two inches from the base of the trunk to ensure it will absorb the water it needs
- The tree should be at least three feet away from any heat source
- Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit
- Add water daily – it is not unusual for a tree to soak up nearly two gallons of water on its first day in the stand
- When lighting the tree, never use lit candles
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulb connections
- Always turn-off lights before leaving the home or going to bed
- Dispose of the tree promptly after the holidays
- Ensure your home has working smoke detectors
See the entire demonstration, including the warnings by officials, in the video above.