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Christmas Tree Safety 2015
The holiday season is in full swing and along with the stress, there’s plenty to get you hot. Don’t let your Christmas tree ever be one of them.
Did you know that Christmas trees alone result in more than 10 million dollars, annually, in property damage? These fires present real risk towards family, friends, and pets. When showcasing a live tree in your home, the combination of tree dryness, electrical malfunction with lights and poorly located heating sources can make for a deadly combination.
There are lots of things we need to know before we put up the tree and leave the house.
First, Do not put the tree within 3 feet of a fireplace, space heater, radiator, or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame, or sparks. And remember holiday lights can be a potential ignition source. Only use lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory.
Never leave a lighted Christmas tree or other decorative lighting display unattended. Inspect lights for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections, and broken sockets.
Do not overload extension cords or outlets and do not run an electrical cord under a rug.
Facts You Should Know
- Electrical malfunctions can also ignite artificial trees and homeowners should take the same precautions in terms of tree placement and decorations as they would with a real tree.
- Additionally, in the same three-year period, an annual average of 90 outside and other non-structure fires on home properties occurred because of Christmas trees stored on the property, the report indicates. Two-thirds of these fires occurred in January, with 64 percent of them being set intentionally. This suggests that discarded Christmas trees may be an attractive target for arsonists.
- According to the NFPA even a well-watered tree should be taken down after four weeks. If you decorated your real tree right after Thanksgiving, it should be discarded the week after Christmas, not New Year’s Day.