20% Americans have reportedly gotten hurt while setting up Christmas trees in 2020: Survey

You better watch out.

Christmas tree-related injuries are on the rise. At least that’s what a survey from LendingTree’s insurance comparison resource ValuePenguin says.

According to its survey, 1 in 5 Americans have reportedly been injured while setting up their Christmas tree this year. This number is 122% higher than what ValuePenguin reported last year.

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Of those who admitted they have received an injury from a Christmas tree, most were men.

And when it comes down to which generation has been hurt the most from a Christmas tree this year, it was largely the whippersnappers getting tree-related boo-boos. Twenty-seven percent of Gen Z said they have been injured followed by 24% of Millennials. Only 5% of Baby Boomers reported experiencing the same.

Interestingly, 24% of the survey’s respondents said they feel safer with an artificial tree versus 8% who said they feel safer with a real tree.

View of Christmas items for sale on November 7, 2020 in Rijswijk, Netherlands. Sellers of Christmas trees and accompanying decorative items are already very busy now that people are looking for extra cosiness amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by

Meanwhile, ValuePenguin’s survey noted that 75% of its respondents leave their Christmas tree’s lights on overnight, which puts families at risk of a potential fire.

“Leaving Christmas lights on a tree is a fire hazard, and the chance for accidents grows with the age of the lights,” the report states.

The survey found that 11% of Americans use Christmas lights that have been around for at least 7 years and 5% use Christmas lights that are a decade old or more.

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ValuePenguin also shared that almost a quarter of Americans are dabbling in a risky disposal method for their Christmas trees and it involves fire.

Overall, 23% of the survey’s respondents said they get rid of their real Christmas tree by burning it. Of that group, 29% are identified as Gen X.

According to the data, men are twice as likely than women to burn a Christmas tree at 29% versus 14%.

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