Fire Safety Awareness for Christmas

April 6, 2018 | Fire Damage

 

Fire Safety Awareness For Christmas.

  • U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 200 home structure fires per year that began with Christmas trees in 2011-2015. These fires caused an annual average of 6 civilian deaths, 16 civilian injuries, and $14.8 million in direct property
    damage.
  • On average, one of every 32 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires. Although Christmas tree fires are not frequent, when they do occur, they are much more likely to be deadly
    than most other fires.
  • Four of every five Christmas tree fires occurred in December or January.
  • In one-quarter (26%) of the Christmas tree fires and 80% of the deaths, some type of heat sources, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree.

Fire Prevention

Picking the Tree

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the Tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting The Tree

  • Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

Here is some additional information from the National Fire Protection Agency on Christmas Trees and holiday lights. Check back with us for more safety tips and don’t forget to Like Us on Facebook to get more Notifications

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