Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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 intentional Christmas tree fires occurred in January and may have been related to disposal.







2 comments:

  1. Oh jeez. I filled up our tree stand the day we got our tree (the day after Thanksgiving) and I only ended up having to add water one time because it was still practically full after 2 weeks. I was shocked.

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  2. A fresh tree will hold moisture a lot longer. The important thing is that you checked it and made sure it had water. :)

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