It’s almost that time of year! Many people, and maybe you’re one of them, have already put up their Christmas trees and decked their homes out in bright lights. Depending on how excited you are for Christmas you  might have had your tree up for fireweeks. Hopefully you waited until after Thanksgiving, but it’s understandable if you couldn’t wait. Christmas is just that exciting!

As with everything exciting, there is something to be said about having a real tree over a fake tree. That smell of pine in your home and the needles that get knocked off all over the floor just make the experience that much more real. There are some tips you need to be wary of if you’re going to sport a real tree in your living room.

Only You Can Prevent Christmas Fires

Many people go out, chop that tree down or order it specially, put it up in their house and forget about it. You should never forget about your tree. As pretty as they are, they’re also fire hazards.

SAN DIEGO – A Christmas tree fire can fill a room with smoke in just 30 seconds and burn down an entire living room in 60, according to a fire chief.

To educate homeowners about these unsuspecting dangers, Erie Insurance developed a startling video that shows what can happen when a vacant home becomes completely engulfed in flames because of a Christmas tree.

In a video released by Erie Insurance, a vacant home with a Christmas tree catches fire and the flames spread to other furniture within seconds.

“A Christmas tree fire can fill a room with toxic smoke in just 30 seconds and burn down an entire living room in 60,” said Chief of the Erie Fire Department Guy Santone. “It’s critical that homeowners understand the risks, and it’s up to us to train the public about fire safety, especially around this time of year.”

Firefighters warn that the fire can happen if people don’t take the proper safety precautions.

Recent national reporting done by the National Fire Protection Association revealed that Christmas tree fires resulted in an annual average of seven deaths, 19 injuries and $17.5 million in direct property damage during a four-year span.


Getting to the Root of the Problem

One of the most important parts of Christmas tree maintenance that many people forget about it watering the tree. Yes, you’ve chopped it up and yes it’s not technically growing anymore. While this is the case, the more your cut up tree dries out the more likely it is to catch fire. We all know that dry wood is the best for any fire. Speaking of fire, have you checked your lights yet? Maybe you inherited them from your grandmother and haven’t thought twice about them. Check their connections and see if the plastic coating is frayed anywhere. Electrical problems are leading causes of house fires. Don’t you want to make sure you dealt with it?

Pay attention to your tree and make sure you trim any dried out branches and remove it sooner rather than later. You may not need a professionals help with these items, but it’s always good to know who to call if you have any questions.