Preventing Christmas Tree Fires
The National Fire Protection Association reports that Christmas tree fires start up in an average of 230 homes each year, and are responsible for $17.3 million in property damage each holiday season.
Besides the extensive property damage suffered, an average of 4 people are killed each year in these fires, and another 21 suffer smoke inhalation or burn injuries as a result of the fires. The majority of these tragic events can be completely avoided if a few simple safety precautions are observed.
This year, keep a few things in mind related to your Christmas tree:
- If you have a live tree, be sure to water it at least every other day to keep it from drying out too quickly. This will make your tree less susceptible to fire.
- Keep trees away from all types of heat sources. Make sure the spot you pick to place your tree is several feet away from any type of heating vent, fireplace, or space heaters..
- Turn the tree lights off when they are not being supervised. If you are leaving the house or going to bed for the night, simply turn the lights off to the tree. These lights can overheat when left on for extended periods of time.
- Don’t light candles near the tree. Open flames can spark and set larger fires very quickly. Candles can also be easily knocked over, or someone carrying them can trip and fall into the tree.
- While all of these things might seem like they could “never happen to you”, take a look again at the numbers at the top of this article and realize they happen to hundreds of people each year! It is always worth taking a few extra safety precautions to make sure you and your family are kept safe this holiday season! Don’t be victims of a Christmas tree fire this year.
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