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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Christmas trees pose fire hazard if not cared for properly
The Springfield Fire Department is reminding residents that Christmas trees must be properly cared for to avoid fires this holiday season. According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2011-2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 200 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 16 injuries, and $14.8 million in direct property damage annually. Other facts:
To avoid a Christmas tree fire, follow these safety tips:
This video demonstrates the flammability of a dry Christmas tree vs. a tree that has been watered regularly.
For media only: For more information, call the Springfield Fire Department Media Line at 417-874-2301.