Don't Let This Be Your Christmas Tree

One of every 66 reported fires that began with a Christmas tree fires resulted in death. So water your tree, check for electrical problems and don't put heat sources next to pine needles.

The Mill Valley Fire Department wants to remind the community that Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they do happen, they're likely to be serious.

On average, one of every 66 reported fires that began with a Christmas tree fires resulted in death. Watch a video demonstrating the flammability of a dry Christmas tree versus a tree that has been watered regularly.


  • One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
  • A heat source too close to the Christmas tree starts one in five of these fires.
  • The highest percentage of fires occur after the holidays. 

View Christmas tree safety tips and guidelines on disposal of trees.

If you have any questions regarding disaster preparation, first aid and City services, please call the Mill Valley Fire Department at 415-389-4130. 

The Mill Valley Fire Department and Patch wishes you and your family a safe and wonderful holiday!

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