Source: NIST
  • According to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas trees accounted for 250 fires annually, resulting in 14 deaths, 26 injuries and more than $13.8 million in damages from 2003-2007.
  • Always be sure to make a fresh cut of at least 1/2 inch off the trunk before you place it in the stand to ensure the tree will take water.
  • Keep the tree properly watered through the holiday season.
  • Be especially careful near the end of the season when the tree eventually begins to dry out, despite it being properly watered.
  • Never place an open flame near the tree, and locate the tree away from any heat sources. (Never leave a space heater un-attended and keep it away from any flamable materials!!)
  • Limit the amount of time the lights on the tree are illuminated.

      Source: National Fire Protection Association

    • Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors can be purchased commercially and may be your only defense against this colorless and odorless gas that can have fatal results in your home.
    • CO poisoning is especially prevalent in the winter when houses are sealed from the outside.
    • High levels of CO inhalation will yield a deficiency of oxygen within the blood, as CO is picked up much quicker by red blood cells compared to oxygen.
    • The following are some symptoms of CO poisoning:
        • Headache
        • Dizziness
        • Weakness
        • Nausea
        • Vomiting
        • Chest pain
        • Confusion
    • Here are some easy ways to reduce the chance of CO poisoning within your home:
        • Never use a gas range or oven for heating your home.
        • Always run your generator or use any grill outdoors, away from any air intakes to your home.
        • Never run a vehicle in a garage with the door shut.
        • Have your heating system, water heating or other gas, oil or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician each year.

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