By David Crystal and Sam Watson, Fire Prevention Specialists with VCFPD
In December, the air is filled with the energy of the holidays. Everyone all around is gearing up for either gift giving, festive eating, family gatherings, or all the above.
One of the centerpieces of a home celebrating the holidays is a Christmas tree in the living room. The tree provides a happy reminder of the season, plus, being the hub for all the children’s presents. Some of our fondest memories as a child were during this time of year. We loved seeing the presents pile up every day, leading up to December 25.
But, at the same time, the Christmas tree also can be a hazard. If not properly maintained, a Christmas tree can pose a significant threat to your safety.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2012-2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 170 home fires per year that started with Christmas trees. These fires caused an average $12 million in direct property damage annually, as well as 12 injuries and 4 deaths.*
One way to prevent this is by keeping your tree hydrated. A dry tree is a dangerous one. The average Christmas tree can use as much as 1 gallon (3.79 liters) of water a day. It’s important to keep an eye on your tree’s daily water levels to ensure it doesn’t dry out.
So this holiday season, fire safety should be on every homeowner’s mind in order to enjoy the holiday season while keeping your family safe.
To see a dramatic demonstration of the importance of keeping your tree hydrated, please click the Travelers Insurance video below :
*Source: NFPA’s “Fireworks” report
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