Holiday Fire Safety
We’ve barley digested the Thanksgiving turkey and Christmas season is already upon us. For many, this time of the year means Christmas trees, lights and candle displays. Red Rock Home Inspections would like to remind you to be mindful with your Christmas tree and candles. Here are some quick facts regarding holiday fires from the National Fire Protection Agency:
• 1 out of 3 home Christmas tree fires are the result of electrical problems.
• Christmas tree fires, while rare, are especially dangerous. Approximately 1 in 40 home Christmas tree fires result in a death.
• 1 in 6 home Christmas tree fires are the result of having a heat source too close to a Christmas tree.
• More than half of all candle fires occur when an object is to close to the flame.
• December is the peak month for candle fires in the home.
Hundreds of Christmas tree fires occur annually. Very commonly these fires are the result of underlying electrical problems, candles, lighters or matches in close proximity to the tree.
The video below demonstrates the difference between an open flame contacting a dry Christmas tree vs. a well maintained and watered tree:
Here are some tips to keep your family safe this holiday season:
- Keep candles at least 12″ from combustible material.
- Water your Christmas tree daily.
- Remember to put candles out before going to bed.
- Never leave candles unattended.
- Never leave a fireplace unattended.
- Never leave home with the Christmas tree lights on.
- Remember to turn the lights off on the Christmas tree before going to bed.
- Turn off decorative lights prior to going to bed.
A little bit of precaution and mindfulness will ensure a safe holiday season for you and your family. Red Rock Home Inspections wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season.
North County Christmas Tree Lots
Purdy Tree Farms
2525 El Camino Real
Campbell Christmas Trees
707 Vista Way
The Home Depot
3838 W. Vista Wy.
Christmas Tree Del Mar
15555 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, Ca