The Eureka Fire Department wishes everyone a safe and festive holiday season.
With the holiday season most of us will be decorating our homes and businesses with traditional seasonal decorations. Many of our holiday traditions, however, result in fire and life safety hazards such as flammable decorations and Christmas trees, electric lights and decorations, and lit candles.
Nationally there are approximately 210 home fires involving real and artificial Christmas trees each year. Keeping fresh Christmas trees well-watered is not only vital to the tree's decorative longevity, but also to keeping consumers safe. If ignited, a dry tree can become engulfed in flames in a matter of seconds, as opposed to a well-watered tree.
Families should make a fresh cut to the trunk and place the tree in water as soon as possible once getting it home.
Christmas trees should be disposed of promptly after the holiday season.
Candles caused an estimated 15,600 home fires annually. These fires caused an estimated 150 deaths, 1,270 injuries and $539 million in property damage.
Because of these risks, the Eureka Fire Department urges people to practice a few safety precautions before, during and after their celebrations.
For more information go to www.nfpa.org or call the Eureka Fire Department.