A Hot Winter Topic

12.1.14christmastreepostA subject your are likely to hear about this time of year is that of Christmas tree safety and proper maintenance of live trees.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that one of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical failures.  When these types of fires occur, they are more likely to be serious, and that a heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every six of the fires.

You may have seen the announcement about the live burn that AEI Corporation (Advanced Engineering Investigations) will be hosting this coming Friday at our Littleton, CO office.  This Flashover Fridays live burn event will simulate an accidental fire scenario demonstrating possible outcomes if Christmas trees are not properly watered and maintained. To further promote fire safety, two trees will be burned to show the difference in time required to extinguish the fire when a fire sprinkler system is utilized.

If you are interested in attending this event, we ask that you register so we can plan accordingly.  To register, email me or give me a call at; carol@AEIengineers.com, (303) 339-3223.  There is no fee to attend.

In keeping with the burn theme, we wanted to share some Christmas tree safety tips.  These suggestions are from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and good reminders for us all.

Picking the tree

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

 Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
  • Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs.
  • Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
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