Because now, is the time of year where we decorate our homes for the Holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Channukah, or Kwanza, this is the time of year when flammable decorations are in season. So today, in lieu of the typical HVAC talk, we are going to talk about Christmas tree fire safety.
Christmas Tree Fires
According to the National Fire Protection Agency, “Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they do happen, they are likely to be serious.”
That is because 1 in every 32 Christmas tree fires resulted in a death. Compared to the statistical average of 1 death in every 143 home fire, it’s clear that holiday decorations can be deadly.
In fact, between 2011-2015 home fires during the holiday season cause an average of 6 deaths, 16 injuries, and $14.8 million in direct property damage a year.
This year, you can take some preventative measures for the holiday season with these Christmas tree tips.
Avoid A Dry Tree
When picking out a natural tree for your home, make sure that you choose a tree with fresh green needles. If you shake your prospective tree and the needles fall out or if there are brown spots, move onto the next tree.
Once you purchased and placed your tree, water it daily. When a tree is properly watered, it will not dry out and will be less likely to catch on fire.
Before placing your tree, make sure that it is at least three feet away from any heat source. These include radiators, fireplaces, candles, and heat vents.
Also, make sure that it does not block any exit.
When you buy your Christmas lights, make sure that you read the label. They need to have been tested by an independent laboratory. It should also be noted that some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
Always turn off the lights when they are not in use, and never use lit candles to decorate the tree.