Now that January is in full swing, you might be looking at those holiday decorations thinking it’s time to finally take them down. Sure, they still look beautiful, but wouldn’t it be nice to have your living room back fully functioning? Plus, that Christmas tree stopped taking water about 2 weeks ago, hasn’t it? For safety reasons, you will want to get that tree out of the house sooner rather than later.
Unfortunately, the stats regarding Christmas tree fires are higher than you might think. Between 2007-2011, there was an average of 230 home fires started with Christmas trees per year. As a result of these fires, there was a yearly average of 22 injuries, 6 deaths and $18.3 million in property damage.
If you check the National Fire Protection Association’s website (www.nfpa.org) you can read more stats like the ones above and see video of how quickly a dried out Christmas versus a well watered Christmas tree catches fire. It might make your decision to get those holiday decorations down a little bit easier.
There are many good uses for that old tree. Your town may turn it into mulch you could use to help your garden in the spring. They may use it to help replenish eroding beaches. They may cut it up to be used in outdoor fire pits. Just do not use it in your indoor fireplace as burning pine can coat your chimney and cause chimney fires. Find out when tree pick up day is scheduled, and get your tree out there.
If you are concerned about how your homeowner’s or renters insurance will cover fires that are caused by your Christmas tree, we can certainly help. We can review your current policy to see how much protection you have. But in the meantime get that tree out to the curb for recycling.