Check Out This Demo Video of How Home Fires Happen During Christmas

Candle and Christmas tree fire prevention and safety

Will your home be one of those that unintentionally catches on fire this holiday season? Here is an informative video that shows how fires in the home happen and what you can do to avoid one this Christmas.

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According to a recent ABC News report, the holiday period from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day is the time of the year when the majority of candle-related causes of home fires occur. Many of these are due to the popular practice of leaving an unattended candle lit in the window where drapes easily become bonfires that can cause an entire home to burn out of control.

Another fire culprit is the family Christmas tree. Although relatively rare, a reported 1 out of every 31 home fires due to a burning Christmas tree results in a death. Due to the highly flammable sap and typically over-dry needles of a natural tree such as a Douglas fir or even a simple Pine, it takes only a single spark from a shorted wire or damaged bulb to ignite a firestorm of heat and flame.

The good news is that candle and Christmas tree initiated fires are highly preventable according to this fire safety expert who showcased the following demo video of how home fires can occur during Christmas:


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Fire Safety Measures You Need in Your Home

According to ABC News, here are some time-tested fire safety measures that are proven to protect homes and their occupants:

• Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home outside of the bedrooms, with one additional smoke alarm inside each bedroom.

• Each smoke alarm should be tested regularly on a monthly basis.

• Your family should have a home fire escape plan that covers 2 escape routes from each room and an agreed upon place outside the home to gather while waiting for help to arrive. The home fire escape plan should he practiced twice yearly so both adults and children will know what to do when an alarm goes off.

For fire safety tips on having a safe Christmas with a Christmas tree, the National Fire Protection Association offers these additional tips:

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• Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

• Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.

• 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.

• Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

• Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.

• Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.

• Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.

• Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.

• Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

Here’s an informative article on how holiday decorations cause injuries.

ABC News “How to Keep Your Home Safe and Avoid a Holiday Decoration Disaster

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