There are many reasons why the amount of home fires go up during the holiday season. According to FEMA, holiday home fires are caused by kitchen accidents and Christmas trees. Though Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they can cause the largest amount of damage, including structural and death.
Do not allow your home to fall victim to fire hazards that are associated with the holiday season. Here are some Christmas tree safety tips:
· Select a tree that is labeled, certified and/or identified as fire retardant.
· Place the tree at least three feet from any heat source, including candles, fireplaces, radiators, heat vents and lights.
· Inspect Christmas lights before hanging them. Ensure they are all working, secure and none are broken. Never use candles to light the tree.
· Remove the tree when it begins to drop needles. Dried out trees are a fire hazard.