The United States Fire Administration estimates that 33 million American homes will have a natural Christmas tree this Holiday Season. But did you know that your tree represents a huge fire hazard in your home?
If you are wondering how real this threat actually is, check out this great video clip from the U.S. Fire Administration showing how quickly a dry Christmas tree can catch fire. The tree is completely ablaze within 3 seconds. Within 40 seconds, the entire room catches fire. Pretty scary, huh?
Every year, Christmas trees account for 250 house fires, resulting in 14 deaths, 26 injuries and more than $13.8 million in property damage. This is why the following fire safety tips are encouraged:
• Pick a fresh green tree with needles that do not fall off easily when touched.
• Cut 1-2 inches off the base of the tree trunk.
• Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from ANY heat source.
• Use Christmas lights rated for indoor use.
• Test your smoke alarms to ensure they are in working order.
• Add water to the tree stand daily!
Placing your tree in a stand with at least a 7.6 liter water capacity and watering your tree daily will make it exceptionally harder to light on fire. REMEMBER, A WET TREE IS A SAFE TREE!
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