Home fires are a cause of serious personal injury, severe burns and death every year. If you celebrate Christmas, you and your family may purchase live trees for the holiday. You may have also heard about fire risks posed by Christmas trees. Fortunately there are steps you can take to prevent a tree fire from arising.
One in 31 fires ignited with a Christmas tree are deadly, says the National Fire Protection Association. Between 2010 and 2012, there was an average of 200 fires each year in which the Christmas tree was the first thing to catch fire, according to the NFPA. A dry, un-watered tree can ignite and spread very quickly. Although well-watered trees can also catch fire, they are much less dangerous than a dry tree.
Consider these tips to prevent the risk of a Christmas tree fire:
- Choose a fresh tree that isn't shedding a lot of needles
- Cut at least 2" from the tree trunk before placing the tree, to ensure the tree will be able to absorb water
- Check the tree every day to make sure the water does not fall below the bottom of the stump
- Place your tree at least three feet from heating sources
- Do not place lit candles within a foot of your tree
- Never block exits from your dwelling with a tree or with anything else, in case you need to escape from a fire
- Have exit routes planned
- Check light strands for broken bulbs, worn/frayed wires or loose connections between the bulb and the cable
- Don't overload extension cords
- Use heavy-duty extension cords
These tips can better ensure you and your family enjoy a joyful, safe holiday free from serious personal injury.
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