DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Source: Delray Beach Fire Department Media Advisory) — The halls are decked, and your Christmas tree is twinkling in the living room, but as Christmas day approaches, Delray Beach Fire Rescue urges you to keep a few tips in mind to keep your family safe throughout the holidays.
Make sure to water your tree every day. Christmas trees are combustible items that become increasingly flammable as they continue to dry out in your home, and dry trees burn very quickly. In the time it takes to walk into your kitchen to make some cocoa, your tree can become fully engulfed in flames. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, they are more likely to be serious when they do happen.
U.S. fire departments responded to an average 160 home fires per year that started with Christmas trees between 2013-2017. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 15 injuries and $10 million in direct property damage annually, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 44 percent of home Christmas tree fires, so make sure you are using the proper lights and that they don’t have broken cords or loose bulbs. Keep your tree away from any heat sources such as fireplaces or candles. Always turn off the tree lights before leaving the house or going to bed, and make sure your smoke detectors are working just in case. After Christmas, dispose of your tree properly instead of storing a dry tree next to your house or in your garage.