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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…Pensacola News Journal: “Fire Rescue gives Christmas tree fire demo”

12/9/2015

Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413 - 2842 

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“Fire Rescue gives Christmas tree fire demo”
By: Marketta Davis | Posted: December 8, 2015
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A Christmas tree can turn deadly in seconds this holiday season if residents don’t take proper safety precautions.

That was made clear Tuesday when Escambia County Fire Rescue and the Florida State Fire Marshal Bureau of Fire Prevention gave a Christmas tree fire demonstration to show how quickly a live tree can catch fire and damage your home.

U.S.  fire departments responded to an estimated average of 210 home structure fires per year that began with Christmas trees from 2009 through 2013, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). On average, one of every 31 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires.

NFPA also reported that the leading cause of Christmas tree fires was the electrical distribution or lighting equipment, and two of every five home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.

During Tuesday morning's demonstration, Christmas trees were set up in trailer compartments that represented rooms with and without sprinklers installed. The room without the sprinklers went up in flames within a matter of seconds after the Christmas tree caught fire while the room with sprinklers extinguished the fire shortly after the tree ignited.

While it's possible for artificial Christmas trees to ignite and cause a fire, it's much less likely compared to having a live tree,” (Escambia County Fire Rescue employee Joseph) Quinn said.

"The difference between a live tree and a simulated tree, or a fake Christmas tree, is the fact that the tree you buy from the store is fire retardant," Quinn said. "So that tree will not readily ignite as fast as the dried out natural tree would ignite. It is possible but it's going take an awful lot of heat to have that happen."

For more information about fire safety and tips on how to stay fire safe this holiday season, click here to read the complete story.

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