The Los Angeles Fire Department on Christmas Tree Fire Safety
Posted by Councilmember Englander on December 18, 2015 at 12:00 PM
The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) along with the U.S. Fire Administration provide facts about home holiday fires. One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires results in a death compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires.
A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of Christmas tree fires.
More than half (56%) of home candle fires occur when something that can catch on fire is too close to the candle. Even menorah holiday decorations have destroyed Los Angeles homes in the recent past.
December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.
Well-watered trees are not a problem. A dry and neglected tree can be. This dramatic clip illustrates what happens when fire touches a dry tree and a properly maintained, well-watered tree.
Also, with this recent cold snap of holiday winter weather, please remember sure to keep your pets safe! Bring pets and animals inside before winter storms and never leave them tied up outside. Get more pet tips here.
-Los Angeles Fire Department