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Decking the halls: Amica shares tips for Christmas tree safety

Mother and daughter choosing Christmas tree


LINCOLN, R.I. – Over the next few weeks, many people will purchase a live Christmas tree in preparation for Santa Claus. What they may not know is that the tree can also be a fire hazard. The combination of dryness, electrical malfunction and poorly located heating sources can make for a deadly combination.

Although Christmas tree fires are uncommon, they’re more likely to be serious. Each year, fires occurring during the holiday season injure 2,600 people and cause more than $930 million in damage, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. That’s why Amica Insurance is sharing the following tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Choose 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. Add water to the tree stand and continue watering it daily.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Replace any strings of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • After Christmas, check with your local community to find a recycling program for Christmas trees. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.

About Amica Insurance

Amica Mutual Insurance Co., the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is a national writer of auto, home, marine and umbrella insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,800 people in 44 offices across the country. For more information, visit

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