When you’re getting ready for the holidays, you have a ton of things to do. No matter how busy you are, though, take the time to make sure that your home is safe. Make it a top priority. Just a little bit of effort can go a long way to keeping you, your family, and your guests happy and safe.
As beautiful as Christmas trees are, they are also flammable, so you need to take precautions. Every year in the U.S., about 200 fires caused by Christmas trees are severe enough to require calling the fire department. An average of six people will lose their lives in the fires and, unfortunately, 14,000 will be injured. Property damage from those fires costs a whopping $16.2 million per year.
Christmas tree fires are not common, compared to home fires that start from other causes, but they are more dangerous. A Christmas tree fire is four times more likely to cause a death than other types of home fires.
Use these Christmas tree safety tips to help prevent fires:
When you get the tree home, be careful where you put it. One-quarter of Christmas tree fires are caused by trees being too close to heat sources. Keep the tree at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators, heat vents, or other sources of heat.
Candles are an obvious fire hazard, so be careful. Over a 5-year period, 86 people died in the U.S. from home fires started by candles, and 827 people were injured. Property damage costs were nearly $375 million. On average, 25 home candle fires are reported every day, with the highest reported numbers on Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve.
Now that the holiday season is in full swing, New Yorkers are running around taking care of end-of-year loose ends, rushing to get in some last minute shopping, and dealing with what seems like a million details. During the winter holidays, traffic can be unpredictable, drivers can be reckless, and weather conditions can make the roads slippery. Be careful out there!
By taking the time to follow these simple holiday safety tips, you are doing the right thing for yourself, your loved ones, and your friends. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season from all of us at Raphaelson & Levine!