Put a Freeze on Winter Fires
Winter holidays are a time for family and friends to get together, but that also means a greater risk for fires.
- Between 2013-2017, U.S Fire Departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires cause and average of $10 million in direct property damage annually.
- Of those fires, 44% were the result of lighting equipment and/or electrical distribution.
- One quart of Christmas tree fires are the result of some type of heat source, such as a candle, that was too close to the tree.
While trees may seem like the main culprit of home fires, the U.S Fire Department responded to an average of 780 home structure fires per year that began with JUST decorations, which excludes Christmas trees.
- These fires caused an annual average of $12 million in direct property damage.
- On average, 22 home candle fires were reported each day.
- While thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, Christmas Eve and Christmas day follow right behind.
While these risks are scary, there are plenty of ways to minimize these risks, such as placement of the tree (away from fireplaces and sunny windows) and keeping the tree watered thoroughly.
As the holiday season moves into full swing, SERVPRO reminds homeowners to take common sense precautions based on a clear understanding of the potential danger to help prevent holiday traditions from turning into a holiday nightmare. For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please call us at (607) 722-2262.