Showing posts from December, 2011

How long do you keep your tree up after Christmas?

I was reading a post on one of my fav blogs, Masshole Mommy this morning and she wrote that she had a friend who once kept a tree up until April.  April is a very nice name of some of my friends and my brother's really nice girlfriend.  But April is not a good month to still have up a Christmas Tree.  It got me thinking about my last post, Please water your tree, that had the cool video of 2 flaming Christmas trees.  I'm obviously a sucker for videos of things on fire, because I have another video of a flaming tree plus a room and contents fire at the end of this post.  But the last video I posted show the differences between how quickly a dry tree went up in flames versus one that had been watered.  The thought of someone leaving their tree up until practically Spring really got me thinking about the fire hazards and the potential for danger. Even a freshly cut tree will dry out at some point.  And at some point it will not drink as much water out of the stand and will just k…

Please water your Christmas Tree

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a video worth?

Please water your Christmas Tree, make sure you are using safe UL approved lights and don't anything flammable near the tree.

From the National Fire Protection Association
This NFPA / UL video demonstrates the flammability of a dry Christmas tree vs. a tree that has been watered regularly.

Facts & figures
Between 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 240 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 13 deaths, 27 injuries, and $16.7 million in direct property damage annually.Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they occur, they are likely to be serious. On average, one of every 18 reported fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in death.A heat source too close to the Christmas tree started one of every five (20%) of these fires.Eighteen percent of home Christmas tree structure fires were intentionally set. Half of the intention…

To realize the value, an email chain letter.

We all get a lot of chain letters in our email.  And despite their dire warnings of what will happen or not happen if I don't forward them ... I delete them.  But yesterday I received this one.  I'm not forwarding it via email to fill someone else's inbox, but I liked the message decided this was a good place to share it.