"No matter what kind of Christmas tree you choose, we hope everyone will take the necessary precautions to have a safe and joyous holiday,” said Jami Warner, Executive Director of the American Christmas Tree Association.
West Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) October 1, 2010
In observance of National Fire Prevention Week, October 3-9, the American Christmas Tree Association reminds those who celebrate the Christmas holidays with a Christmas tree to make sure their smoke alarms are in good working order before setting up their tree this season.
“Although we’ve just said goodbye to summer, we all know that the holiday season is right around the corner. As we plan for the Christmas holidays, we want to remind people of the fire dangers of improperly displaying and caring for their Christmas trees,” said Jami Warner, Executive Director of the American Christmas Tree Association (ACTA).
Public safety experts, such as the U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Prevention Association are seeking to reduce fire deaths and injuries across the nation by urging residents to inspect and maintain their smoke alarms on a regular basis.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, from December 24th through the 26th, fire deaths, injuries, and dollar loss increase an average of 50 percent, 61 percent, and 43 percent, respectively. As Christmas trees dry out, the risk of fires increases.
If your household includes a natural tree in its festivities make sure to keep the tree well watered. Open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires. Dry and neglected trees are a fire waiting to happen.
“If you celebrate the holidays with a Christmas tree, no matter what kind of Christmas tree you choose, we hope everyone will take the necessary precautions to have a safe and joyous holiday,” said Warner.
The U.S. Fire Administration provides a video of how fast a Christmas tree fire can destroy property and threaten lives: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/media/drytreefire/tree3202402web.mov.
For more information on holiday safety, visit http://www.christmastreeassociation.org.
About ACTA: The American Christmas Tree Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the most current and factual data to help consumers make well-educated decisions about Christmas trees. For more information, please visit American Christmas Tree Association http://www.christmastreeassociation.org
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