Safety Tip #2

Your Home Escape Plan

Make a home escape plan.  Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows.  Discuss the plan with everyone in your home,

Know at least 2 ways out of every room,

Have an outside meeting place where everyone should meet,

Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day, 

Practice using different ways out,

Teach children to escape on their own,

Close doors behind you as you leave.

Christmas Trees

Every year, New Hope Fire Department's Firefighters' Association sells Christmas trees.  These trees are purchased and delivered from Sparta, NC.  They go on sale the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Tree Lot Hours are as follows:

Monday - Friday 4pm - 9pm
Saturday & Sunday 9am - 9pm

As you deck the halls for the holiday season, be fire smart.  A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

Picking your tree:

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall when touched.

Placing your tree:

  • New Hope Fire Department will cut off 2" of the trunk of the tree when you purchase it to insure water will feed the tree.
  • Make sure that the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, such as fireplaces, radiators, heat vents, lights or candles.
  • Make sure that the tree is not blocking any exits.
  • Add water to the tree stand, and insure it is full every day.

Lighting The Tree

  • Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing labratory.  Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.  Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After the Holiday

  • Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry.  Dried-out trees are a fire hazard and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. 

Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical failures.

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likley to be serious.

A heat source too close to the tree causes rougly one in every five of the fires.

Disposing of Christmas trees and lights:

  • Orange County: Recycle Christmas trees and lights at any of the Orange County Solid Waste Convenience Centers.
  • Town of Chapel Hill: Christmas trees are collected on the regular yard waste collection schedule. All decorations and tinsel should be removed before placing trees at the curbside. Residents of apartment complexes should place trees in designated areas alongside the dumpsters but not inside them.
  • Durham County: Recycle Christmas trees and lights at Durham County Convenience Sites.  City residents:  collected on the regular yard waste collection schedule.