Although Christmas tree res are not common, when they do occur, they are much more likely to be deadly than most other fires.
In fact, one out of every 32 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 143 reported home fires.
That’s why we at Master Fire Prevention want to urge all home owners to check their fire extinguishers to make sure they are ready to be used. If you haven’t done this for a few years, please don’t take a chance. Call us at (718) 828-6424 and we’ll make sure you know how to inspect your fire extinguisher. If you don’t have one, we’ll get you the fire extinguisher you need as fast as possible so that you can have piece of mind this Christmas.
Here are some tips from the NFPA.org site.
- Picking the tree
Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
- After Christmas, get rid of the tree. Maybe you can hold onto it until New Year’s if you must, but definitely as soon as the needles start falling from being dry…. it’s time to throw it out. Dried-out trees are a real 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.
- Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
- 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 replaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
* Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
* Be sure to add water daily to the Christmas tree stand.
* When it comes to lighting the tree make sure to use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory (for instance UL).
DO NOT BUY CHEAP UN-LABELED CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS AT THE DOLLAR STORE!
- Also know there’s a difference between indoor lights and outdoor lights.
* If you see any string of lights with worn or broken cords, or loose bulbs, do not bother replacing them, throw those lights out!
* Never use lit candles anywhere in the presence of a Christmas tree.
* And always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
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Whether you’re in Manhattan and live in an apartment, or in Brooklyn, The Bronx or Queens and live in a house, make sure to take precautions to be one step ahead of a potentially deadly Christmas Tree fire NYC homeowners want to avoid.