Christmas is just weeks away, and while this will be a holiday season for the record books, some traditions remain. Traditions like setting up and decorating the Christmas tree is one cherished by many. Christmas trees can bring instant holiday joy, but they can also be a fire hazard.
The NFPA reports that between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. And on average, one of every 52 reported home fire that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 135 total reported home fires.
What’s the main cause of these Christmas tree fires? Electrical distribution or lighting equipment as well as some type of heat source (such as a candle) being too close to the tree are the top culprits. Consider these ways to reduce your risk of a Christmas tree fire in your home.