Stick to an Artificial Christmas Tree
While artificial trees are not totally fire proof, they are safer than real trees in a few ways. One, artificial trees are coated with flame-retardant that can help reduce the chances of it catching fire. Two, artificial trees can’t dry out which is a major reason why real trees are so flammable. Artificial trees are generally safer than real trees from a fire safety standpoint.
And when decorating your Christmas tree, use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory, are intended for indoor use only, and not damaged. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords. NFPA reports that in more than 22% of Christmas tree fires, some type of heat source, like a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree.
If you’re at an event space, these things may be out of your control, but just keep in mind that Christmas trees and heat sources do not mix. One idea is to designate one person, or have a rotation of volunteers, on “tree duty.” This person would simply keep an eye on the tree and make sure no one gets too close with an open flame, or other heat source. You may even ask the event space coordinator to assign someone to do this for you.