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*MEDIA ADVISORY* State Fire Marshal’s Office Partners with Tallahassee Fire Department for Christmas Tree Burning Demonstration

12/10/2015

~Live Fire Demonstration to Promote Fire Safety Surrounding Christmas Trees~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – On Monday, December 14th at 10:00am EST, the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Tallahassee Fire Department will host a live fire demonstration to show just how quickly a dry Christmas tree can ruin a family’s holiday spirit and their home.

A live Christmas tree is often the cornerstone of a family’s holiday decorations, but if not properly chosen and cared for, they can become a dangerous fire hazard. State Fire Marshal and Tallahassee Fire Department staff will be available before and after the event to provide interviews and additional information.

WHEN:           Monday, December 14th, 10:00am EST       

WHERE:         Tallahassee Fire Department Training Facility
                           2964 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32303

The National Fire Protection Association statistics reflect an average of 210 Christmas tree-related fires each year, resulting in an average of seven deaths, 19 injuries and more than $17 million in fire damages per year.

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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).