During the holiday season, Christmas trees, both natural and artificial, ignited an estimated average of 250 home fires each holiday season from 2003 through 2007. These fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association, caused an estimated average of 14 civilian deaths, 26 civilian injuries and $13.8 million in direct property damage each year.
Christmas trees are an important part of the holiday tradition, but because the trees available in Hawaii are much drier than those on the mainland due to the time involved in shipping, we need to exercise greater care. The Honolulu Fire Department recommends the following fire safety tips to help keep your holidays safe:
Caring for Your Christmas tree:
Decorating Your Tree:
Disposing of Your Tree:
Never experiment with burning your tree. You cannot control the fire. A dry Christmas tree can be completely consumed in 7-10 seconds with flames as high as 30 feet.
The best way to dispose of your tree is to take it to a recycling center. Dried trees are extremely flammable and should not be left in a house or garage or placed against the house.