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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means it’s time to review safe display, storage and sale of Christmas trees.

Display at home:

  • Be sure to buy a fresh tree and check to make sure the one you’re purchasing has not completely dried out.

  • Place your tree at least 3 feet away from any flames or heat source

  • Be certain to keep the tree properly watered to prevent from drying out

  • Never use candles or any open flames on or near the tree, and turn off lights on the tree when you go to sleep or go out

  • Use a sturdy tree stand to prevent the tree from toppling over.

For more information regarding safe Christmas tree displays in your home, click here:

Storage and display in retail space

  • Indoor storage of real Christmas trees for sale is prohibited. Christmas trees must be stored outdoors.

  • Indoor display of real Christmas trees in retail stores and most other occupancies is also prohibited.

For more information regarding safe Christmas tree sale and storage, consult Chapter 8 of the New York City Fire Code FAQ, by clicking here:

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