Farmington Hills Fire: Water your tree, so we don’t have to

Two new signs posted in front of Farmington Hills Fire Station #3, 29260 Grand River, and Fire Station #5 at 31455 W. 11 Mile Rd., share important safety reminders for this holiday season.

Farmington Hills Fire Department Water Your Christmas Tree

“Water Your Tree So We Don’t Have To” applies to fresh trees, which can quickly become a fire hazard if they are not kept well-watered and properly maintained. During the City-Wide Open House held on September 30, firefighters set a dry tree on fire to demonstrate just how quickly it was consumed by flames.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends cutting at least two inches off the base of the trunk before placing a fresh tree in its stand and daily watering the tree.

Artificial Christmas trees can also catch fire, filling a house with smoke in a matter of seconds, so it’s important for your family to have an escape plan and practice it. With both live and artificial trees, follow these important safety tips:

  • Never block an exit with the tree.
  • Be sure to use proper lighting that has been checked for frayed or worn wires.
  • Turn Christmas tree lights off when you’re not at home.
  • Keep combustible decorations, such as kids’ school ornaments, off the tree.
  • Never place candles on a tree.

“The signs that say ‘Water Your Tree So We Don’t Have To’ are a simple and catchy reminder to prevent the holidays from going up in smoke,” said Sergeant Jarod Foshag. “Everyone here at the Farmington Hills Fire Department wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.”