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Could This Be A Holiday Hazard?
Could This Be A Holiday Hazard?

No one wants to spoil the holiday season, but Christmas trees in the home can present a fire safety issue. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 13 percent of the home fires attributed to Christmas trees have occurred in January.

It is claimed that Christmas trees real or artificial are a significant fuel source if a fire occurs in a home. Added to this issue is the decorations and use of extension cords and lights.

 Candles which are popular during Christmas are another one of the biggest dangers for house fires.

Holiday lights are considered seasonal and should not be up longer than 90 days. Decorations left out longer than that will be more prone to damage, which could cause electrical shock or fire hazard.

The National Fire association suggested that you should get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire 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.

When thoroughly dry, Christmas trees, especially Douglas Firs, are without question the most flammable item to be found in the home. Once ignited, the speed and intensity of burning is extreme. A dry tree will appear to literally "explode" and be totally consumed in a matter of seconds. A "fresh" tree is one that has not lost an appreciable amount of its natural moisture, regardless of when it was cut.

Besides fire hazards falling needles could also be a hazard to your pets because your tree may be coated with harmful sprays such as fire retardant, fertilizer or insecticide. The fallen needles and branches are most accessible to your pets and could be toxic carriers of such coatings and can be quite harmful if ingested. For maximum safety, always make sure your pet is not chewing on any fallen needles or leaves.

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