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 keep getting drier and drier and drier. No one wants a house fire (well, maybe some people do), but most of us want to keep our dwellings and the really nice gifts we got for each other safe. Epiphany is January 6, 2012. That seems like a good time to think about taking down your once live but now dead tree if you haven't already done so.
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.
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.
The value of a sister/brother
Who doesn't have one.
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby.
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.
The value of one minute:
Ask a person
Who has missed the train, bus or plane.
The value of one second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident.
Time waits for no one.
Treasure every moment you have.
You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.
To realize the value of a friend or family member:
The origin of this letter is unknown,
But it brings good luck to everyone who passes it on.
Hold on tight to the ones you love!
Do not keep this letter.
Send it to friends & family to whom you wish good
fortune. And don't forget the one who sent it to you!