Facts about home holiday fires
- One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
- Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires.
- A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of Christmas tree fires.
- More than half (56%) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle.
- December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.
Video clip: dry tree versus high moisture tree fire – http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/media/drytreefire/comparison_wetdry.wmv
Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires annually. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem. A dry and neglected tree can be.
This dramatic clip illustrates what happens when fire touches a dry tree and a properly maintained, well-watered tree. Please download and share this clip on your website and social media networks.
Watch this short video to learn how you can prevent fires in your home this holiday season. [youtube_sc url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfuSO6cMPYM”]