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.