How to avoid a Christmas house fire


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (KRDO) – Did you know Christmas Day and Christmas Eve are the two best days of the year for house fires?

Although beautiful to look at, Christmas trees can be very dangerous if they are not properly maintained or watered on a daily basis.

Susan McKelvey of the National Fire Protection Association said, “Even artificial trees are just big combustible objects. They present a fire hazard.

Between 2014 and 2018, the country’s fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees. These fires have caused an annual average of two deaths, 14 injuries and more than $ 10 million in direct property damage.

“You also want to make sure that [your tree is] not in a place too close to a heat source, whether it is a fireplace, your radiator. If you are decorating with candles, you want to make sure the candles are well away from the tree, ”McKelvey said.

However, it’s not just Christmas trees that you need to worry about. Christmas, if not done safely, can be a dangerous holiday. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are 770 home structure fires per year due to decorations. Candles are one of the most common culprits. More than half of home decor fires in December are started by them.

McKelvey said, “If you are using real candles, make sure they are resting on a solid base in a place where they cannot be easily knocked over or knocked over. And you have to watch them very closely. “

But the biggest cause of fires isn’t candles, it’s cooking. In fact, the kitchen is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries and the second leading cause of home fire deaths. And with more people expected to stay home, McKelvey says we may see even more cooking-related fires this year.

“The main cause of home kitchen fires is unattended cooking. So you really have to keep a close eye on what you are cooking in the kitchen as well as making sure the area is clear, ”McKelvey said.

Have a great vacation, but keep in mind that careful decoration of your home and careful preparation of your meals can help make your vacation safer.


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