Preventing Christmas tree fires

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The lack of rain and warmer temperatures in Central Ohio could make it easier for your Christmas tree to catch on fire this year.

Worthington Fire Prevention Specialist Lieutenant Craig Hall recommends running your hands through the needles on your tree. If your tree is too dry, the bristles will break or fall off.

A typical tree absorbs a quart of water for each inch of its’ diameter.

Hall said two cups of water each day should help, but it depends how dry it is inside your home.

It’s also important to keep your tree away from heat sources like baseboard heat, fireplaces, radiators, and heat vents.

The U.S. Fire Administration reports On average, of every 31 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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