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A Utah couple has died after faulty Christmas tree lights sparked a fire at their home just north of Salt Lake City. Row of Christmas Trees and safety tips follow.Investigators believe the husband and wife used a fire extinguisher to try to put out the flames but were overcome by smoke. South Davis Metro Fire Spokesman Jeff Bassett is quoted by the Associated Press as stating that neighbors called 911 and tried to rescue the couple, but the front door was too hot to open. Bassett said the couple mentioned to people that they had been having trouble with the lights. Smoke and chemicals from the burning artificial tree likely overwhelmed the couple, while Christmas presents and logs for their fireplace stacked near the tree added fuel to the fire.

NFPA’s tips sheets on Christmas tree safety and winter holiday safety offer precautions:

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
  • Add water to the tree stand daily.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Always turn off the Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Blow out lit candles when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guest about your home fire escape plan.

In addition NFPA’s community toolkits and 10- and 30-minute mini-lessons help public educators prepare for presentations to the public on fire safety topics.

A person's hand testing the carbon monoxide alarm. The safety tips follow

They were conscious and breathing when they arrived at the hospital–a father and son suffering from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in their Euclid, Ohio, home last week. According to a news report, firefighters say they found CO levels in the home at 900 parts per million. Normal levels would be fewer than 10 parts per million.

Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste, or smell. It is often called “the invisible killer.” Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, nausea, and drowsiness.

The family in Euclid recognized the symptoms and got help. Firefighters say the problem was caused by a heating issue involving the boiler.

NFPA’s Carbon Monoxide Safety tips sheet, Community Toolkit and safety information page on the NFPA website provide safety tips, statistics, and materials for presenting CO safety information to the public.

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