- 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.