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5 Fire Safety Tips for Using Real Candles on Real Christmas Trees

Updated on December 16, 2013
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It’s that time of the year when homes around the world are decorated with colorful Christmas decorations. While many homes will have artificial decorations, some people love the sight of real candles on real Christmas trees. They are stunningly beautiful, moving and awesome.

It is said that the customs of Christmas tree developed in early modern Germany with predecessors that goes back to the 15th century, in which devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Traditionally, it was decorated with edible fruits and nuts. In the 18th century, candles illuminated the trees.

In my part of the world, Christianity and the tradition of Christmas tree was introduced to my forefathers in 1886 when the first German Lutheran Missionaries arrived on our shores and had our people converted to Christianity. Since then, we have religiously kept the tradition of decorating our homes and churches with Christmas trees and Christmas candles.

Real candles on Christmas trees is a fire hazard. There are many unfortunate stories of loss of lives and properties caused by fires from Christmas trees and candles during Christmas festive season. Be warned that the risk of fire is very high if you do not take precautions and have fire safety measures in place. Let us make it our responsibility to make our homes fire-safe this Christmas.

Here are 5 fire safety tips you can employ to prevent fire from using real candles on Christmas tree:

Tip # 1: A Fresh Tree

A freshly cut tree with high moisture content will make a good Christmas tree that will not catch fire easily. To maintain moisture content, keep the tree well-watered and the tree stand filled with water at all times. Ensure that the branches of the tree are strong enough to hold the candles firmly.

Tip # 2: Good Candle Holders and Non-Flammable Decorations

Put good candles holders that can hold the candles securely and firmly onto the tree branches. When putting the candles onto the tree, ensure that there is nothing above the candle where the flame will be that can catch fire easily. If you add decorations to the tree, ensure that they are non-flammable or flame-retardant and are placed away from where the candles will be.

Tip # 3: A Secure Spot

The spot where you place the tree is very important. This can be in the middle of the living room and/or away from heat sources, fireplace, walls, curtains and couch. Ensure that the tree decorations do not block any exit way. Do not put the tree in kids play rooms or bedrooms.

Tip # 4: Never Leave Burning Candles Unattended

Keep an eye on the candles and do not leave them unattended. Always extinguish candles when they burn low or when going to bed. Do not allow kids and pets to play around the tree or with the candles. If you are alone by yourself or if you are drunk, do not try to put or light any real candles. You could be setting your own death trap.

Tip # 5: Fire Extinguisher and Smoke Alarm

Most importantly, always have a fire extinguisher on standby in case of candle fire. It is also wise to have smoke detectors installed in your home at all times as a general fire-safety measure.


To conclude, using real candles on real Christmas trees can be exciting, moving and beautiful but the risk of fire is high if you do not have fire-safety measures put in place. Following simple fire safety tips can prevent candle fires from Christmas trees. Think safety and make your home fire-safe this festive season.

Merry Christmas!


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