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Happy Holiday's 

It's the time of year that we get to gather with family and friends and enjoy all of the moments that made this year special. 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 and a Prosperous New Year!

 

Christmas Tree Safety

Unfortunately house fires can start from Christmas tree decorations. These fires 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 your home. 

  

Facts about home holiday fires: 

  • One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems. 
  • Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death.
  • A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of Christmas tree fires. 
  • More than half (56%) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle. 
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.  

Source: National Fire Protection Association 

Video clip: dry tree versus high moisture tree fire 

Christmas trees account for hundreds of fires annually. Typically, shorts in electrical lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Well-watered trees are not a problem. A dry and neglected tree can be. 

 

This dramatic clip illustrates what happens when fire touches a dry tree and a properly maintained, well-watered tree. Watch the clock in the lower left corner and see how fast the fire gets out of control. 

 

 

Christmas tree safety tips 

Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer.   

 

Picking the tree   

  • 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.

Placing the tree

  • 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 daily.

Lighting the tree

  • 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.   

After Christmas 

  • 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.

 

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