Avoid Christmas Tree Fires with Protect America

A demonstration showing how flammable a dry Christmas tree can be as opposed to a tree  which is watered regularly. This test was conducted by the National Fire Protection Association and Underwriters Laboratories.

Decorating Our Homes for the Holidays

Protect America wishes you warm thoughts and happy holidays!  We want to share some vital information to help you avoid Christmas Tree Fires and other holiday hazards.  We spend this time with family and friends adorning our homes inside-out with holiday decorations like stockings, holiday lights, candles, and Christmas Trees.  The problem is that these holiday staples can all pose a true hazard in your home and can be extremely unsafe.

Fireplace Safety

If you’re decorating your fireplace with stockings, you may want to consider that small children may be a little curious and want to reach for them.  Placing the stockings far enough away from your fire place, as well as incorporating fireplace screens and/or glass fireplace doors are great. We’re offering two monitored, photoelectric smoke detectors for $169 this holiday season. Photoelectric detectors are much more adept at sensing smoke than the traditional ionized variety, and can easily save a life. Proper ventilation is also something to consider in the hopes of avoiding Carbon monoxide poisoning.  Add our carbon monoxide detectors especially if you own a vent-free gas fireplace.

Holiday Lights Safety

Holiday lights draped about the outside your home are attractive and literally transform your home into a wonderland for all to admire.  Bearing in mind that Christmas Tree Fires account for too many holiday tragedies, be sure to check for defects like worn or melted wires and broken plugs before draping your fixtures around about your house and Christmas tree.   You can also incorporate the use of your holiday lights with Z-wave technology so you can turn them on while you’re away during the holidays giving the appearance that someone is home.

Candle Safety

Candles should always be kept out of the reach of children and should be put out before leaving your home or going to bed.  They should not be placed within a foot of flammable items and they should never be left unattended while they are burning.  Atop a fireplace might not be the safest place if the candle can be easily tipped over.  An alternative would be electrical candles that can softly warm a room just as nicely as a real candle could.

Do Everything to Avoid Christmas Tree Fires

Christmas trees make for a wonderful centerpiece attraction during the holidays and a provide cozy nesting place for gifts and packages.  The fresh-cut pine sent of a real tree can permeate a home with holiday cheer and warmth!  However, Christmas tree fires occur each year by the hundreds.  Once they start they can spread rapidly and ferociously -engulfing a room from the floor to the ceiling in just seconds.  Faulty holiday lights and a dried out tree are a seriously hazardous mix.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, “Between 2006-2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 4 deaths, 21 injuries, and $17.3 million in direct property damage annually.”  Remember to stuff your stockings with smoke detectors and a fire plan to better protect your family and make your home a much safer place for the holidays!