SOURCE: FirstResponderTV

December 06, 2007 15:30 ET

Holiday Safety: It Only Takes 10 Seconds for Your Christmas Tree to Ignite Your Home Into Flames

CHAGRIN FALLS, OH--(Marketwire - December 6, 2007) - View the featured video on to see the frightening velocity of fire when it ignites a scotch pine Christmas Tree. The Holidays are unfortunately a time of increased residential structure fires and according to the National Fire Statistics, the chance of death caused by House Fires is 50% higher during this time as opposed to any other time of the year with the Christmas Tree being the most common source of fire. People should be extra aware of holiday fire risks and prepared in the event of a fire in their home.

During the Holidays, homes are commonly decorated with electric lights, candles, wreaths, and Christmas Trees. Christmas Trees appear in a third of all American households and as the season advances the trees naturally dry out increasing the risk of fire. Many people in colder regions, like the northeast, also turn up the heat in their homes, resulting in drier trees. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, "the most common form of heat of ignition for Christmas fires is that of gas-fueled equipment, including pilot lights and gas fireplaces. When the ignition point is a Christmas Tree or other holiday decoration, the fire is typically more severe in every measurable way. Injuries, fatalities, and property loss are higher than average."

First Responder TV recommends these safety tips:

--  Check your smoke alarm
--  Use tree lights with a reflector bulb rather than a bare bulb
--  Unplug Christmas tree when going to bed or leaving the house
--  Keep tree well watered and away from fireplaces, radiators and candles
--  Only purchase 'fire-retardant' type artificial trees
--  Don't overload electric sockets
--  Don't leave cooking unattended
--  Don't place decorations on lights or heaters
--  Have a home fire extinguisher
--  and Have an Escape Plan

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