Christmas Tree Requirements

Posted by David Paulo on Nov 28th 2012

Here is some information for Christmas Tree requirements in your City or State.



The attached notice shall be posted near the sales area in which to be seen by all tree purchasers.

Any person purchasing a tree that will be located in a place of public use shall be informed that the tree must be treated with a flame retardant chemical or paint that has been approved by YOUR State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Trees shall bear a tag stating the following:

  • Date of placement in the public building
  • Type of flame-retardant treatment used
  • The name of the person who applied the flame retardant
  • The name of the person affixing the tag
  • A permit expiration date
  • The name of the designated individual making daily inspections.
  • Christmas Tree Safety

  • Cut a minimum 1/2” off the bottom of the tree, keep base of tree in water and check it daily.
  • Place your tree at least three feet away from heat.
  • Use only non-combustible decorations.
  • Inspect lighting for frayed wires, broken plugs and sockets, etc. Also, only use lights with UL approval and according to their listing (indoor or outdoor).
  • Be sure to remove tree soon after the holidays...before needles get too dry.
  • Be sure to turn off the lights when going to bed or leaving the premises.
  • Use miniature lights that produce less heat and always use lights according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Use only UL listed or FM approved light strings.
  • When purchasing an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled as fire-retardant.
  • In accordance with County and State Regulations, all cut natural Christmas trees, which are located in the following occupancies, must be treated with a YOUR State Fire Marshal approved fire retardant chemical to the satisfaction of the Fire Chief.
    And all other places where the public are invited or required to pass through