Video Courtesy of National Fire Protection Association/Safety Tips from Rock Springs Professional Fire Fighters 1499
ROCK SPRINGS – Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Combined with faulty holiday lights or open flames from candles, dry Christmas trees can quickly ignite and burn down a home.
Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires.
Your local 1499 fire fighters recommend keeping Christmas trees away from heat sources and exits. Watering your tree daily will help prevent it from becoming dry and hazardous.
“People are busy during the holiday season, and often forget to check for fire hazards,” says Seth Lancaster for 1499. “Simple things like checking holiday lights for excessive wear and turning off Christmas tree lights before going to bed can make a huge difference.”
Fire fighters also recommend using non-flammable decorations and LED lights, and caution against leaving burning candles unattended or linking more than three strands of holiday lights.
1499 wishes you a happy holiday season.
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