It’s that time of year to deck the halls! Many people are full of joy when they see the finished product – candles in the windows, chocolate in the finest glass dish, and presents under a beautifully decorated tree. Unfortunately, some people do not use fire sense when decorating their tree.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides a few facts regarding Christmas tree fires.
Almost one-third of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems. While Christmas tree fires are not very common, they tend to be more serious when they do occur. One out of every five Christmas tree fires is caused by a heating source too close to the tree.
If you somehow have resisted the temptation to put up your decorations yet, choose a tree with fresh green needles that do not fall off when you touch them.
To help avoid fires, make sure the tree is at least three feet from any heating source. It also should not be blocking an exit, and just like any plant, it needs water.
While we all love to see our Christmas trees illuminating our houses from the driveway, this is a big fire hazard. Ensure that you turn off and unplug your Christmas tree anytime you are not at home. This should also save you money on your electric bill.
Enjoy your holiday decorating; having fire sense may even keep the Grinch away!