Fire safety statistics for the holiday season.
- During 2007-2011 NFPA found that fire departments in the U.S responded to an average of 230 structure fires with Christmas trees. According to NFPA It was found that these fires caused 6 deaths, 22 injuries and 18.3 million in property damage.
- 1 of every 40 reported home fires that started with a Christmas tree resulted in a death.
- According to NFPA 1/3 of structure fires caused by a Christmas tree was due to electrical problems.
- The most common place for Christmas tree fires started in living room, family room, or den.
Fire Prevention tips.
- Keep your tree watered.
- Keep your Christmas tree away from any heat sources.
- Use Christmas lights that have been tested by an independent testing laboratory.
- Always make sure you turn off the Christmas tree lights before leaving your house and going to bed.
- As always ensure your family has an escape plan in the event of fire and make sure you practice the escape plan.
- Make sure your house has working smoke alarms.
For more tips on how to stay safe during the holiday season visit www.nfpa.org/safety-information/safety-tip-sheets