Experts Warn of Christmas Tree Fire Hazards (+podcast)

Monday, December 25, 2017

(Air1 News – Adam Russell) – If you fall into the real Christmas tree camp, fire and safety experts warn the trees require extra attention so they don’t become hazards in your home.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that there is an estimated annual average of 210 home structure fires that begin with Christmas trees.

The NFPA analysis also shows that although the number of Christmas tree fires is low, these fires represent a higher level of hazard. On average, 1 of every 9 Christmas tree fires resulted in a fatality compared to an average of one death per 75 non-confined home structure fires overall.

Fire and safety experts say the moisture content of each tree can play a dominant role in determining the fire hazard each tree represents.

Properly maintaining a cut Christmas tree is important to retaining a high moisture content in the needles of the tree to limit accidental ignition and prevent rapid flame spread. A tree which has dry needles can readily ignite with a flaming source.

There are other ways to make sure your holiday doesn’t go up in smoke.

If you use a space heater, remember to keep at least three feet of clear space around it and set it up on the floor unless it is designed for other use.

Make sure candles are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning.

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