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Christmas Tree Fires

Christmas tree fires are more common than you might think. We’re just a few days away from celebrating Christmas, and if you have a live or cut tree decorating your home this holiday season, make sure you keep it watered!

Between 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in direct property damage annually.

On average, one of every 40 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.

Electrical problems were factors in one-third (32%) of home Christmas tree structure fires.

Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.

This video, courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association, demonstrates the flammability of a dry Christmas tree vs. a tree that has been watered regularly…

One in six (17%) Christmas tree fires occurred because some type of heat source was too close to the tree. Decorative lights on line voltage were involved in 12% of these incidents. Seven percent of home Christmas tree fires were started by candles.

Brown and Reaves Services, Inc. wishes you and your family a safe and joyous holiday season. Don’t become a victim and statistic of Christmas tree fires in the U.S.  Keep that tree adequately watered.

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