Christmas trees do not spontaneously combust.
The National Christmas Tree Association makes this point in its Holiday Safety Facts. The National Christmas Tree Association is the professional trade association representing farmers and sellers of Christmas Trees throughout North America.
The National Christmas Tree Association makes this point regarding fires:
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately one tenth of one percent (0.12%) of residential fires involve a Christmas Tree — both real and artificial.
At NO time can a Real Christmas Tree START or CAUSE a fire. Christmas Trees do not spontaneously combust.
In 1998 more than 32 million Real Christmas Trees were used in the U.S. Of these, only 0.00093% were ignited in home fires.
Christmas Trees are not as likely to be the first item ignited in residential fires as many other common household items:
- newspapers and magazines – 13 times more likely
- boxes or bags – 10 times more likely
- curtains or drapes – 9 times more likely
Overloaded electric outlets and faulty wires are the most common causes of holiday fires in residences – these types of fires can be just as dangerous with an artificial tree.