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Holiday Season Safety Tips, Facts and Figures
Gale Blomenkamp, Battalion Chief/PIO - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What is a holiday party or even the traditional Christmas morning without a beautifully decorated tree? If your household, like more than 33 million other American homes, includes a live tree in its festivities, take to heart the sales person’s suggestion—“Keep the tree watered.”

Below you will find some national facts and figures published by the National Fire Protection Association on fires during the Holiday Season:

• Between 2005 and 2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 240 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 13 deaths, 27 injuries and $16.7 million in direct property damage annually.
• On average, one in every 18 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death.
• Electrical problems were factors in one-third of home Christmas tree structure fires.

• Twenty percent of the Christmas tree fires resulted from a heat source placed too close to the tree.
• Holiday lights (or other decorative lighting with live voltage) were involved in 13% of the home Christmas tree structure fires.
• Candles were the heat source in 11% of the home Christmas tree fires per year between 2005 and 2009.

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