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Why you should water your Christmas tree

13 Décembre 2017

One of every 32 reported home Christmas tree fires results in a death, compared to an annual average of one death per 143 reported home fires.

The Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service has issued holiday safety tips, including how to choose the most fire resistant Christmas tree and how to dispose of the tree when the season ends. It explained that Christmas trees cause hundreds of house fires in the US each year. Live trees should also have water added to their pot every day, to help make sure the tree does not dry out; dry trees can burn incredibly quickly, leading to a risky fire hazard.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nationwide, there are 210 Christmas tree fires annually, resulting in $16.2 million in property damage, 16 injuries and six deaths. Make sure to carefully check the bulbs of lights placed on the tree, to make sure an errant spark doesn't send the tree up in flames. Authorities said it was an electrical fire and that Sandra and Don Pyle kept their tree for too long.

William Cackler of the Ohio Christmas Tree Association grows 20,000 trees on his Cackler Family Farms
View Slideshow William Cackler of the Ohio Christmas Tree Association grows 20,000 trees on his Cackler Family Farms. Debbie Holmes WOSU

Thousands of residents made their way to Christmas Tree Lane for the second and final walk only night.

For more holiday fire safety tips, visit www.nfpa.org or contact your local fire department. Once you have stacked them up drape them in lights and decorations and you're done. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.

Sadly, six people died in Annapolis in January of 2015 due to a Christmas tree fire.

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Why you should water your Christmas tree