The holiday season is upon us all, which means we’re busy buying gifts for our loved ones, decorating our houses from top to bottom, and cooking up a storm in anticipation of a house full of guests.
Decorating for the holidays is a long-standing tradition that for many include having a Christmas tree decorated in your home. Unfortunately, some decorations may increase your chances of fire. Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments respond to an estimated average of 200 home structure fires per year that begin with Christmas trees. On average, one of every 32 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are much more likely to be deadly than most other fires.
Here are a few simple safety tips that can keep lights, candles, and the ever popular Christmas tree from causing a disaster:
The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) would like to wish you and your family a safe and wonderful holiday season!