Fire Marshall Urges Caution In Decorating For Christmas
With all of the holiday decorations and Christmas trees this time of year, there is a high chance of a fire breaking out.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, one of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems and one in six are caused by a heat source too close to the tree.
State Fire Marshal Rich Miller has some fire safety advice if you have a live Christmas tree. He says make sure it’s a fresh-cut tree, keep it properly watered, cut the tree stump at the bottom at an angle and the pot of water at the bottom is always checked daily. Miller also says to check your holiday lights and make sure they are not frayed or broken and place the tree near an electrical outlet so cords don’t have to run long distances.
If you decorate your home with candles during the holidays, never leave them burning when unattended. Miller also says to make sure your home has working smoke alarms.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2005-2009 - on average - one of every 18 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 141 total home fires.