According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), more than half of home fire deaths occur during the period of November to March, and a large number of these deaths are caused by holiday decorations like candles and Christmas trees. In fact, fires started by holiday decorations have a tendency to be more deadly than other types of home fires. As personal injury lawyers at Tapalian Law, we know this is a busy time of year for Rhode Islanders, but we hope you find a few moments to consider these holiday safety tips which can go a long way in keeping you and your loved ones safe from injury and accidents this season.
Christmas Trees One of Leading Causes of Holiday Fires
Each year, approximately 210 fires start because of real Christmas trees, making them one of the leading causes of tragic holiday fires. The Christmas Tree Association recommends buyers look for “vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck”. This means the needles are less likely to shed and cause a fire if they come in contact with a fire hazard. One way to prevent the needles from drying out it to keep the tree regularly watered. Don’t put your tree anywhere near a fireplace, candle, or open flame of any kind. When it comes to tree lighting, using a timer is recommended to avoid the bulbs overheating. Better yet, use LED lights as they are less likely to overheat and spark flames.