This year make sure your family and friends have a merry and safe Christmas by fire proofing your Christmas trees and decorations. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 40% of home Christmas tree fires. This means that people are placing electronic equipment too close to trees and other combustible decorations. In addition, one-quarter of the Christmas tree fires had some type of heat source, such as a candle or electrical equipment, too close to the tree. And, we’ve all seen those fire safety videos showing what happens when an evergreen tree catches fire. They can go up like a match!
Check out the NFPA’s holiday safety page. It has useful information and statistics to share with your family and friends. Download and share the safety tip sheets to ensure your holiday season ends with lots of hugs and good cheer and not with the smell of stale smoke and wet ash.
If that’s not enough to convince you to fix your octopus electrical plugs hidden under the couch, or to move the kerosene heater away from the base of the tree, check out the NFPA’s statistics on holiday fires. You will find them eye opening and amazing!