UL continues its public safety mission by helping to make the Christmas season safer for consumers

Melville, New York, May 19, 2014 – UL, a global safety science leader, announced today the first safety certification of a pre-lit artificial Christmas tree over 30 inches in height. The trees were evaluated for their compliance in accordance with UL requirements.

Pre-lit artificial Christmas trees have been identified as a potential fire concern since their introduction in to the consumer market. Fire experts and retailers of these trees had expressed a need for a UL certification program to address their safety and flammability. UL has been actively involved in the testing of this product category and had developed the first edition of UL2358 on December 1, 2010, which focused on the safety of these items. These requirements have since been revised after extensive research on the pre-lit artificial tree’s ignition source became a concern.  Revisions to this standard were published on August 28, 2013.

“The safety certification of pre-lit Christmas trees over 30 inches in height gives consumers, manufacturers and retailers the ability to manufacturer, buy and sell large Christmas trees with the needed confidence and peace of mind that comes with the UL Mark”, says Mr. Anthony Tassone, Principal Engineer for  UL’s Decorative Lighting categories.

UL has played an important role in the early development of safety requirements for holiday lighting products in general. This involvement dates back over 90 years with the development of UL 588, the first UL standard developed for seasonal and holiday decorative products. According to Mr. Tassone, consumers should always play it safe and look for the UL Mark when purchasing any electrical products, especially seasonal items.

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