According to information compiled by the National Fire Protection Association and the US Fire Administration, about 250 residential fires occur because of Christmas trees each year. Another 150 home fires are caused by holiday lights. In the entire winter season, there are more than 900 fatalities caused by residential building fires every year.
At the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., we have seen the damage that catastrophic injuries can inflict on the lives of families, and we would like to offer some tips for preventing these injuries.
During the holiday season, some simple steps can help ensure the safety of family and friends:
- Keep Christmas trees away from heat sources – like fires, heating vents and candles – that can cause the tree to become dry. Keeping the tree watered is the best way to prevent it from becoming dry and flammable.
- When choosing a live Christmas tree, buy a freshly cut tree instead of an old, dry one. Fresh trees have green needles that do not snap and break. Avoid leaving your tree up for much longer than two weeks. Christmas trees are a common source of home fires and serious burn injuries.
- Before putting up your holiday lights, inspect the strands for any frayed wires, broken sockets and other wear. Avoid linking together more than the recommended number of strands. Do not leave lights unattended for long periods of time.
- If you are using lit candles, you should place them in secure holders in a place where they are not likely to be knocked over. Also, you should never leave candles unattended or place lit candles on a Christmas tree.
Additionally, you may want to make sure everyone in your home knows the appropriate steps to take in the event of a fire.
If you have suffered a personal injury because of someone else’s negligence, please contact experienced Orlando, Florida injury attorney Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., to schedule a consultation.