It's the time of year to reflect and spend some much needed downtime with
friends and family. As we get ready for the holiday season we wanted to take the
time and thank you for your continued support. From all of us, we wish you a Healthy & Happy Holiday
Season and a Prosperous New Year!
Christmas Tree Safety
house fires can start from Christmas tree decorations. These fire spread fast and can cause an immense amount of
damage to your home. Please watch the video below and use these helpful hints to help prevent a fire in
Facts & Figures
Between 2003-2007, U.S. fire
departments responded to an average of 250 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
Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they
occur, they are likely to be serious. On average, one of every 18 reported fires that began with a
Christmas tree resulted in death.
A demonstration showing how flammable a dry Christmas tree can be as
opposed to a tree watered regularly. This test was conducted by the National Fire Protection Association and
decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer.
If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is
labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not
fall off when touched.
Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1–2” from
the base of the trunk.
Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from
any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water
Use lights that have the label of an independent
testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
Replace any string of lights with worn or broken
cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum
of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.
Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
Always turn off Christmas tree lights before
leaving home or going to bed.
Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping
needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed
outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor
electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.