Holiday Safety: Christmas Tree Edition

Holiday Safety: Christmas Tree Edition

Although Christmas tree fires aren’t common, they can grow very fast and cause significant human and property damage.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas tree fires cause an average of two deaths, 12 injuries and $10 million in direct property damage each year.

So, it’s important to take precautions during and after the holidays.

Christmas Tree Safety During the Holidays

Here are some safety protocols to consider putting in place, even if you’ve had your Christmas tree on display for a while now.

Watch this NFPA demonstration that shows a dried-out Christmas tree catching fire versus a well-watered tree.

Christmas Tree Disposal Safety Tips

The holidays are a busy time, but it’s important to properly dispose of your Christmas tree once it begins to dry out or after the holidays when you no longer use it.

The NFPA states that approximately 30% of Christmas tree fires take place in January. This is because dried-out Christmas trees become more and more flammable over time, causing a serious fire risk.

So, the longer you keep one in your home, the more of a fire hazard it becomes.

Here are some quick disposal tips to remember come January:

For more holiday safety tips, check out our blog on fire prevention and COVID precautions.

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