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AAA gives Tips for Driving your Christmas Tree Home Safely

 

AAAKnoxville, TN – AAA reports that on average nearly 30 million Americans decorate their homes with live Christmas trees, during the holiday season.

Picking the perfect tree is the fun part, but the process of bringing it home can be dangerous, if not done properly. 

Drivers who do not safely secure their Christmas tree risk damaging their vehicle and injuring others. (AAA)

Drivers who do not safely secure their Christmas tree risk damaging their vehicle and injuring others. (AAA)

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Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office says Practice Good Fire Safety Habits With Your Christmas Tree

 

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Christmas trees are among the cornerstones of holiday celebrations. They’re lovely reminders of childhood, family traditions, and natural beauty. But a Christmas tree can also be among the deadliest of household fire hazards when they aren’t properly maintained or when they’re kept near heat sources.

While fire departments only respond to an average of 200 Christmas tree fires per year according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), those fires are far more deadly than other home fires.

Holiday house fires can be prevented.

Holiday house fires can be prevented.

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office: “Be A Good Elf” When Selecting, Decorating, Maintaining Christmas Trees

 

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Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – Opinions may differ on when to start decorating for the holidays, but one thing is certain: Practicing fire safety during the holidays can drastically reduce the likelihood of a home fire. To raise awareness of fire-safe behaviors this holiday season, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) is asking Tennesseans to “Be a Good Elf” when it comes to selecting, decorating, and maintaining Christmas trees.

While fire departments only respond to an average of 200 Christmas tree fires per year according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), those fires are far more deadly than other home fires.

Christmas Trees Start an Average of 200 Home Fires Each Year in the United States

Christmas Trees Start an Average of 200 Home Fires Each Year in the United States

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Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office urges fire safety for Christmas trees

 

Video shows hazard posed by the holiday fixture if left to dry out

Tennessee State Fire MarshalNashville, TN – The Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding Tennesseans with natural, fresh-cut Christmas trees in their homes to take care to keep them in water, because of the fire risk posed when they are allowed to dry out.

“The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that there is an estimated annual average of 240 home structure fires that begin with Christmas trees,” State Fire Marshal and Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says. “Properly maintaining a cut Christmas tree’s moisture content of more than 100 percent by keeping it in water significantly reduces the chance that its needles will dry out and pose a fire hazard.”

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Preventing Christmas tree fires

 

christmas-treeIf you are purchasing a fresh Christmas tree, there are several tips that can prolong the life of your tree and prevent fires that can occur with live trees.

First,remember that most trees you buy precut were cut days or weeks, sometimes a month earlier, which can make “freshness” a moot point. Unless you cut your own at a local tree farm, freshness is not guaranteed.

Choose the freshest, greenest tree you can find, one with crisp moist needles. Shake the tree: if a lot of pine needles fall, the tree may be past prime for home decoration.  Leave the tree outside or in a cold garage until you”re ready to decorate it. «Read the rest of this article»

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