One of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 31 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to just the average for home structure fires…which is one death per every 144.
A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every four of those Christmas tree fires.
"The leading causes for fires are Christmas trees," said Lt. Christian Sliker with Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue. "Just make sure they are hydrated, make sure you have no frays in the lights, and make sure you're keeping them in a non-combustible situation. Keep them away from any flames, candles. And keep a kid-free zone, make sure the kids aren't messing with them as well."
If you have or are wanting to purchase an artificial tree make sure they are flame retardant, it will usually say it on the box. If not, there is fire resistant spray you can purchase.
"Candles are a great way to set that ambiance for the holiday season, but they are extremely dangerous. Keep them away from children, away from combustibles, and keep your eyes on them at all times. Don't leave them alone I know it's a nice smell and a great fixture for the holiday season, but it poses a great threat."