NFPA encourages prompt removal of Christmas trees, as one-third of Christmas tree home fires occur in January

Dispose of natural Christmas trees promptly to remove the potential hazard of fire. Valley News/Adobe Stock photo
QUINCY, Mass. – The National Fire Protection Association encouraged everyone to remove the household fire hazards by disposing of natural Christmas trees promptly after the holiday season as one-third, or 33 percent, of U.S. home fires involving Christmas trees occur in January.“As much as we all enjoy the look and feel of Christmas trees in our homes, they’re large combustible items that have the potential to result in serious fires,” Lorraine Carli, vice president of outreach and advocacy at the nonprofit, said. “The longer Christmas trees remain in homes, the longer they present a risk.”Carli said that fresh Christmas trees, which continue to dry out and become more flammable over time, are involved in a much larger share of reported Christmas tree fires than artific
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