Christmas Tree Fires

Don’t Let These Christmas Tree Disasters Happen To You
From the November / December issue of The Quarter Roll

Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer.
Facts & figures
• Between 2003-2008, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 260 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 14 deaths, 26 injuries, and $13.8 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 21 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 (19%) of these fires.
• One of every five (19%) home Christmas tree structure fires were intentionally set. More than half of the intentional Christmas tree fires occurred in January and may have been related to disposal.

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