A Christmas tree can burn quicker than newspaper, as you will see in this video. In just a few seconds, Christmas tree fires can spiral completely out of control. According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2010 and 2012, there was an average of 200 Christmas tree fires a year. While Christmas trees aren’t the most common cause of fires, they can be some of the most serious because of how quickly the spread.
“Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 31 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death, compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home structure fires,” FEMA reports.
The good news is that Christmas tree fires can be prevented by following a few steps that will make all the difference. For example, decorating your tree with flowers instead of lights is a great alternative and can prevent electrical fires! Frequent watering of Christmas trees is also critical, as is keeping them away from open flames.
These tree fires can be prevented so that everyone can have a safe and happy holiday season. The holiday season should be a time for celebration and joy, so be sure to keep it that way this year by avoiding hidden dangers.
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