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Christmas Tree Safety

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Personal Injury


Every holiday season, Christmas trees lead to an average of $13 million in property damage. While having a Christmas tree is a beautiful addition to your home and adds to the spirit of the Christmas season, they can also pose a dangerous fire hazard. Read and follow the Christmas tree safety tips below to protect yourself and your loved ones during this holiday season.

In the event that you or a loved one do sustain an injury due to another’s Christmas tree negligence this holiday season, you should call our Chicago personal injury attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. right away. Our attorneys have years of experience handling personal injury cases and can help fight for your rights.

Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with one of our attorneys.

Choose the Right Tree

When it comes to picking out a Christmas tree, it is important to choose one that appears fresh since healthy trees are not as likely to catch on fire. Make sure to pick a tree with strong, green needles that do not easily shed from the tree when touched.

Put Your Tree in a Safe Place

Your tree should not hinder any exits and should be placed at a minimum of three feet from hot or flammable surfaces including:

  • Candles
  • Fireplaces
  • Radiators
  • Lights
  • Heat Vents

In addition, water should be added to the tree stand on a daily basis. By watering your tree daily, you will help prevent it from quickly drying out.

Hang Your Christmas Lights Properly

You should only hang lights that are labeled with an independent testing laboratory symbol. If your lights appear worn or broken in some areas, replace them right away in order to avoid a fire hazard. You should also remember to never use lit candles on a tree and to turn off all your Christmas lights before you exit your home or get ready for bed.

If you choose to put Christmas lights outside, make sure they are labeled as suitable for an outdoor environment.

Get Rid of Your Tree Right After Christmas

If your tree becomes dried out, it poses as a dangerous fire hazard. After Christmas, make sure to dispose of your tree right away. It is also a good idea to check your resident community for a Christmas tree recycling program.

Injured from a Christmas Tree Fire During the Holidays? Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.

Being injured due to the fault of someone else, especially during the holidays, can be extremely stressful. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys can stand by your side throughout the whole legal process. We will take care of the legal side of things so you can fully focus on your recovery.

During our free, no obligation consultation one of our Chicago personal injury attorneys will evaluate your case and discuss your legal options with you. Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900 to schedule your free and confidential consultation. We may be able to help you pursue compensation for your losses and damages.

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