Smoke Detection & Your Christmas Tree

December 18, 2017

Christmas trees bring light and joy into our homes around the holiday season, however they also bring a risk of fires that could damage your home, and more important, injure your friends and family.


According to the American Christmas Tree Association, Christmas trees alone result in $13 million in property damage each year. As festive as Christmas trees are, the combination of tree dryness, electrical malfunction with lights, and poorly located heating sources can make for a deadly combination.

To avoid these worst-case scenarios, here are some tips to keep in mind when bringing a live Christmas tree into your home:

  • A fresh tree is less likely to catch fire, so select a tree with green needles that are hard to pluck from the branches. Shedding needles are a bad sign.

  • Set up your tree in a place in your home that’s free of heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, or heat vents. Always keep plenty of water in the tree base to keep the tree vibrant and prevent dryness.

  • Keep all holiday candles away from your Christmas tree and turn the tree lights off each night.

  • Make sure all damaged bulbs are removed and replaced on your tree lights. Also, make sure any lights you use outdoors are labeled "suitable for exterior placement."

  • Z-Wave Smoke Detectors like the Qolsys IQ Smoke, installed professionally by a licensed American Defense Systems technician. 

If your tree starts dropping a mess of needles on your floors, that's a sure sign that it’s time to say goodbye to your lovely tree. Before this happens though, we hope you’re able to enjoy a full holiday season with your Christmas tree safely in your home by following these simple rules. 


Home security is more than smart home automation, or installing a security surveillance camera system. To learn more about how to protect your home, click Chat With Us and speak with a live representative today! American Defense Systems can get you connected in the smart home automation and home security space.



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