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Some people choose to keep Christmas trees up for a few weeks after the holiday. But did you know that nearly 40 percent of homes fires that began with Christmas trees occurred in January?


“The longer Christmas trees are in the home, the more dangerous they become," says Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for NFPA. "The continued use of seasonal lighting and dried-out trees can pose significant fire hazards in and outside the home. Proper disposal of the tree from your home will minimize the risk and will keep the holiday a joyful one.”

Although these tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be fatal. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires resulted in a death compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires.


NFPA offers tips on disposing of your Christmas tree and safely removing and storing your holiday decorations.</p>

The issue of cost has long deterred many homeowners from considering a residential fire sprinkler system to protect their new homes. An article on, a weekly newspaper serving Tucson, AZ, reminds its readers of a study that shows the price of residential fire sprinkler systems has actually dropped significantly in recent years.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation report compared current home fire sprinkler system costs against its 2008 study to gain a better understanding of how increasingly widespread adoption of sprinkler ordinances impacts system cost. In the new report, the average cost for sprinklers in new homes is $1.35 per sprinklered square foot. In the 2008 report, the average cost per sprinklered square foot was $1.61.

Tucson, incedentally, is home to the newest VISION House®, the latest in Green Builder® Media's series of sustainable homes being built around the country. Among the home's many features: home fire sprinklers, which have been proven to reduce the amount of water pollution released into the environment if a fire does occur.

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