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Christmas Tree Safety

Thursday December 6, 2018

Although Christmas tree fires are not very common, they do happen, and when they do, they are more likely to be serious.

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Are you one of those people who puts their tree up the day after Thanksgiving? Or maybe you’re family waits until the last minute? Artificial? Real? Douglas fir? White lights or color? Ahh! There are so many things to think about when Christmas rolls around and it’s time for the tree. According to the National Fire Protection Association, “Between 2012-2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 170 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 4 deaths, 15 injuries, and $12 million in direct property damage annually.” And although Christmas tree fires are not very common, they do happen, and when they do, they are more likely to be serious. The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency offers these few tips on keeping you and your family safe during the holiday season when it comes to your tree.

Picking the tree

Placing the tree

Lighting the tree

After Christmas