Jeremy Thurman on December 27, 2011
There is nothing like a freshly cut, beautifully decorated Christmas tree to get you in the holiday spirit. Christmas may be over, but if you’re like most people, you like to enjoy your tree through the holidays to the new year. While Christmas trees provide for holiday traditions and fun, they can also pose a serious danger of personal injury.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) an average of 240 home fires per year started with Christmas trees from 2005 to 2009. These fires resulted in an average of 13 deaths, 27 injuries, and $16.7 million in direct property damage annually.
Electrical problems were to blame in one-third of Christmas tree fires. A heat source too close to a tree resulted in 20% of fires, and 13% involved decorative lights. 40% of Christmas tree fires start in the living room, family room, or den. Also, 18% of Christmas tree fires were intentionally set. Half of these intentionally set fires occurred in January, and are probably related to disposal of the trees.
In response to the serious dangers Christmas trees pose, the NFPA published a list of Christmas tree safety tips:
McIntyre Law wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season!