Michael Hazell

NFPA releases new video on Christmas tree fire safety

Blog Post created by Michael Hazell Employee on Dec 16, 2013

I’ve always had artificial Christmas trees, but this year my husband would like to purchase one fresh from the farm. Since we’re in a small condo, we were challenged to figure out the safest place to put it: next to the entertainment center and it would block the exit to the balcony, next to the couch and it would be near a heating vent. A section of the wall away from both locations turned out to be the best spot. With that figured out, the next step wasn’t to go shopping for the best pine, spruce, or fir we could find, but for the tree stand.

NFPA’s Christmas Tree Safety tips sheet reminds us of the dangers of dried-out Christmas trees. Tips include adding water to the tree stand daily and getting rid of trees after Christmas or when they are dried out. In addition, dried out trees should be disposed of properly so they aren’t a fire hazard.

When home Christmas tree fires occur they can be serious, causing an annual average of six deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in property damage.

Christmas tree safety is among the topics of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign by NFPA and the United States Fire Administration. NFPA’s safety information, including my new video on Christmas tree safety help us to deck the halls while being fire smart.

- by NFPA's Lisa Braxton

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