Updated: Dec 14, 2022
December 02, 2022 Vol. 1, Issue 3.
Holiday Greetings Everyone!
Now that the holiday season is in full swing, we, your friendly neighborhood Firewise Committee, thought an appropriate topic for this month’s Extinguisher would be to look at what The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) deem the most common fire risk factors associated with the most celebrated holiday in the world.
U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 790 home structure fires per year that began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees. These fires caused an annual average of one civilian fire death, 26 civilian fire injuries, and $13 million in direct property damage.
Nearly one in five Christmas tree fires were started by lamps or bulbs. Six percent were started by candles.
Roughly two of every five home Christmas tree fires started in the living room.
Candle fires peak in December and January with 11% of candle fires in each of these months.
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
These were just a few of the facts listed by the NFPA. If you would like more information, visit their fabulous website which has great content full of excellent public education at www.nfpa.org. At the end of this edition, we included one of their safety tips sheets, Winter Holiday Safety.
In closing, as always, your Firewise Committee is here to assist you. We love your feedback, so, please post your comments or question on our DR Blog.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful, fire-free holiday!