Although Christmas tree fires aren’t as big a problem as they used to be, they’re still a huge issue. Every year, Christmas tree fires cause over $16 million dollars in property damage. And they’re also particularly deadly. One out of every 18 Christmas tree fires results in a death, compared to one death for every 141 total reported home fires. Christmas tree fires are serious business.
And I can already hear you thinking it. “If they are so dangerous, why are you warning us about Christmas tree fires on December 23rd? We’re almost at Christmas. This would have been a better warning a month ago. Did you just procrastinate on sending the warning out?”
I’m doing it today, because the timing is important. Over forty percent of the Christmas tree fires happen in the twelve day period starting today.
Why? Because this is the time when our trees are starting to dry out and become more flammable.
While making sure you have safe lights and keeping trees away from heat sources and candles are important to preventing Christmas tree fires, the single most important factor in preventing the fire and limiting the damage is the keep the tree watered.
A well-watered tree is less likely to catch fire, and if it does, will burn less quickly. Don’t believe me? Watch this stunning video from the National Fire Prevention Association showing the differences between a well watered tree and a dry tree.
Don’t let this happen to you. Keep your tree watered and safe so a Christmas tree fire doesn’t ruin your Merry Christmas.
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