BE FIRE FREE...WATER THE TREE!!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.
- CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
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:
- Chest pain
- 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.