Preventing Christmas Tree Fires

You may want chestnuts roasting by an open fire. But *not* coming from your Christmas tree. News 25’s Laurene Callander shows us how the Biloxi Fire Department is making sure your home does not go up in flames this holiday season.

It can happen in the matter of seconds…
Your perfectly decorated Christmas tree and home…up in flames…

“Fire doubles in size every 30 seconds so and a Christmas is basically like having lighter fluid in your house…If it ignites it’s going to go up quick…fire will burn very fierce.”
– Robert Powell — inspector

That is why the Biloxi fire department lit up this Christmas tree as a demonstration..
Showing how fast a fire can spread in your home.
And if you think “This could never happen to me”… Think again.

“We were able to extinguish some of them, some of them get out of hand, it just depends on how quickly we get notified, how fast the occupants were notified and they were able to call 911.”
– Capt. Jim Davis — firefighter

According to the NFPA on average every year there are 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees…resulting in 6 deaths, 16 injuries, and 16 million dollars in damages?

So how do you prevent this disaster from happening in your home…

“Check the water in your stand every day, a hydrated tree is less likely to burn also you want to remember never leave that Christmas tree, the lights lit…unattended when you go to bed make sure to turn your Christmas tree lights off, if you’re leaving the house make sure to turn your lights off.”
– Robert Powell — inspector

And it may look cozy and festive to put your tree next to a fire place or candles…but Biloxi fire officials say to keep your Christmas tree at least 3 feet away from any heat source.

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