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Holiday fire prevention: The dangers of a dry tree

Photo of a tree that has been watered and started on fire vs. a tree that was dry and started on fire.

A tree that bursts into flames. 

A tree that burns slowly then puts itself out. 

Which one would you rather have in your home? 

All it takes is a little water to prevent a potentially devastating fire this holiday season. 

Fire officials recommend watering your tree daily, and throwing it out soon after the holidays are over. 

This video​ illustrates just how quickly an unwatered tree can go up in flames vs. a tree that has been watered regularly.  

Put a freeze on winter fires

Residential fires spike during the cold-weather months in Minnesota.

Help the State Fire Marshal Division put a freeze on winter fires by following these
sim​ple tips​


This winter, stay warm ... and safe

A blanket over a space heater catching fire

There’s no getting around it: Winter weather has definitely set in, and you’ve had the heat on for at least a couple of weeks. Staying warm is good, whether it’s from a furnace, fire in the fireplace, or space heater. But the very things that keep us cozy in the cold can endanger our lives. When the temperature drops, the number of fires spikes.

Fortunately, like most fires, wintertime fires are mostly preventable if you just take a few precautions on the front end. This DPS blog will tell you how to stay safe while you’re keeping warm.

Is there a 'silent killer' in your home?

​Could your stove, furnace or fireplace be putting you at risk?

It could be if it’s producing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide incidents are more common during the winter months because people may use unsafe heat sources or don't follow fire safety rules.

Make sure your CO alarms are working properly and test them once a month. Clear snow build-up from dryer, furnace, stove and fireplace vents. And never use grills inside.

Featured Video

Video Description: This demonstration shows how fast a dry Christmas tree burns compared to a watered tree that burns slowly and puts itself out.