For many people, decorating the Christmas tree is a favorite part of the holiday and adds to the spirit of Christmas. However, with the addition of a Christmas tree to your home, the risk of fire and other household accidents increases.
According to the National Fire Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to more than an estimated 1.3 million fires in 2009, causing 3,010 civilian fire fatalities, 17,050 civilian fire injuries and over $12.5 million in property losses. The NFPA reports there was a civilian fire death every 175 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 31 minutes in 2009.
“There are simple life-saving steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday,” says Allstate agent Ross Brewer. “By following these steps, individuals can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday casualty.”