U.S. fire departments respond to an estimated average of 210 home structure fires per year that began with Christmas trees per NFPA's most recent report on the topic. These fires cause an annual average of six civilian deaths, 16 civilian injuries, and $16.2 million in direct property damage. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are much more likely to be deadly than most other fires.
In this video above, you'll get a side-by-side demonstration of how quickly a dry Christmas tree will go up in flames, especially when compared with a well-watered tree.
Be sure to keep your tree watered regularly, and keep anything that can burn (candles, stockings, etc) at least three feet away. For more on Christmas tree fire safety visit our Project Holiday website.