Christmas Tree Safety

Christmas Tree Safety

Keeping your home and family safe through the holiday season is an essential part of our product selection process. By following safety guidelines set forth by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) as well as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) you can ensure that your Christmas decorations perform optimally without the worry of potential hazards. In the page below you will find an outline of national safety guidelines as well as best practices for safely displaying and storing your Christmas tree and decorations.


Christmas Lights, Etc only offers products manufactured in complete compliance with all industry specifications. Our Christmas Trees are made of a flame-retardant material and supported with heavy-duty metal stands to ensure your tree will be sturdy and safe during the holiday season. We print and include the product safety warning required by California law on all products we sell. Our lighting products meet the standards established by Underwriter Laboratories and are UL listed. Below are safety tips that should be practiced throughout the season.

  • Do not allow children to handle lighting products.
  • When handling products known to contain lead; wash your hands after use.
  • Turn off lights when asleep or away from home.
  • Never use indoor extension cords for outside lighting.
  • Unplug light strings before changing bulbs.
  • Do not overload extension cords.
  • Do not use indoor lights outdoors.
  • Check all lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets.
  • Replace burned-out bulbs promptly with the same wattage bulbs.
  • Always read product safety labels before product use.

Safe Christmas Storage Solutions

Storing Christmas decorations also requires safety measures to be taken. The following are some safety tips that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Underwriters Laboratories urge consumers to use when using and storing their holiday decorations:

  • Unplug electric decorations by using the gripping area provided on the plugs. Never pull the cord to unplug a device from electrical outlets. Pulling on the cord can damage the cord's wire and insulation and even lead to an electrical shock or fire.
  • Take the time to inspect your light string for flaws. Throw out light sets if they have loose connections, broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires. Do not place a faulty set of lights back into the storage box for next year's use. Take the initiative now and throw out worn light strings. Shop for replacements during after-Christmas sales or add lights to your Christmas decoration list for next year.
  • Be sure to pack lights appropriately to prevent the need to untangle a web of lights next year. When preparing your holiday lights for storage, consider purchasing a holiday light storage reel, or create your own system. Visit our page on Christmas decor storage tips for more ideas.
  • Store electrical decorations in a dry place, such as a suitcase, where they cannot be damaged by water or dampness. Also, keep them away from children and pets to ensure that cords and wires are not damaged in storage.

To preserve and ensure the longevity of your holiday lights and decorations you should consider purchasing Christmas storage solutions such as light spools and Christmas tree storage bags. Additional ideas include:

  1. Wrap each set of lights and put them in individual plastic bags, or wrap the lights around an empty wrapping paper tube or cardboard square. If you wrap the lights around a piece of cardboard, cut a slit in one side of the square. Thread the end of a set of lights through the slit. Wrap the lights around the cardboard, threading the other end back through the slit.
  2. Although the box your artificial tree came in may seem like the perfect one to repack it in for storing, this isn't the wisest idea for preservation. The cardboard boxes begin to deteriorate making them more prone to insect infestation. Consider purchasing a tree storage bag instead.
  3. Special ornaments benefit from being stored in their original packaging. If you throw out the original box, store smaller ornaments in an egg carton or ornament specific storage bag.
  4. Save yourself time next year by thoroughly labeling decorations before storing. Make a detailed inventory on the outside of each container. Number each to keep track of how many you have (for example, Box 1 of 12) and consider taping a piece of wrapping paper on the outside of each container for easy holiday storage identification.

Common Tree Safety Questions

What does UL Listed Mean?

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit product safety certification organization. For more than 110 years they have been testing products and writing Standards for Safety. Over 19,000 types of products are tested annually, and more than 20 billion UL Marks appear on products each year. Worldwide, UL's family of companies and its network of service providers include 62 laboratories and testing and certification facilities. For more information visit

What is the NFPA?

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The international nonprofit organization's mission is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards. They provide and advocate consensus codes and standards, research, training and education. Visit NFPA's Web site at for more information.

What about Lead?

Recently there have been many questions raised about the lead content in Christmas trees and lights strings. The wires included in our trees and in our light strands contain trace amounts of lead. Most household appliance cords contain the same small amount of lead that is used to insulate the wire. Our suppliers use the lowest lead content possible while maintaining all insulation safety standards required by law.

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