Christmas are beautiful and smell great in a home. For my family, we really like the whole aspect of real trees. From reserving the trees early, cutting and setting them in the home, decorating, and the distinct fragrance. The downside of real trees is keeping them alive and preventing fire danger.
According to the National Fire Protection Association [Source]:
- Between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 15 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually.
- On average, one of every 52 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 135 total reported home fires.
- Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 44% of home Christmas tree fires.
- In one-quarter (25%) of the Christmas tree fires, some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree.
- One-fifth (21%) of Christmas tree fires were intentional.
- Roughly three-quarters of Christmas tree fires occurred in December or January.
- Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room.
At the end of the holiday season, we burn our trees instead of taking them to the dump since my good friend has a lot of property and a safe burn pit so this year we decided to film it. The first tree is a double fir, it was really dry in the house, and it burned for just over a minute and the second tree is a Noble Fir, it held its moisture pretty good, and burned for over 4 minutes.
Also, it was raining really good so there was no danger from the souring embers. Be safe with real trees, keep them watered, away from register vents, and turn off lights when going to bed or leaving the house.
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