WESTFIELD, Ind.— The Westfield Fire Department reminds us that while Christmas tree fires are not all too common, they can be deadly. Every year an average of 240 homes catch on fire due to Christmas trees in the U.S. And of these fires, 13 people lose their lives. More importantly, the time between December 23 and January 3 account for forty-two percent of home Christmas tree fires.
Because of this, it is important to double check your tree and make sure you have taken proper steps to keep you and your family safe this holiday season. Below are some helpful tips from the National Fire Protection Agency:
- 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
- Be sure to add water to the tree daily.
- Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed
- Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. 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.