Tips To Preventing Christmas Tree Fires
According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), approximately 240 home fires per year involve Christmas trees and another 150 involve decorative lighting. Cumulatively, these fires cause about 21 deaths $25.2 million in property damage and while they’re not too common, they can be serious. One in every eight reported Christmas tree fires result in death. Here are some tips to prevent decoration and christmas tree fires.
1. Care for your live tree
Keep your tree moister by letting it sit in fresh water. Be sure you’re changing it and adding it when it gets low. Also be aware of your Christmas tree placement; if your tree is close to heat vents or fireplaces, it could get dried out faster. A heat source close to the tree caused 20 percent of the home fires involving trees. Christmas tree fires are often exacerbated by the extra dryness.
2. Don’t put lit candles on the tree
It’s pretty and maybe it’s a tradition, put it poses a massive fire risk. Stick to lights.
3. Check for damage on decorations
Frayed lights can spark and short out, which could cause damage to your outlets or start fires on your trees or other fabrics. If you find a string of lights that is damaged or a power cord in that same type of condition, replace it. Don’t use damaged wires.
If you find there is damage to your home’s wiring, call us immediately! Don’t try to fix the problem yourself.