Holiday Fire Safety at Home

Thursday December 10, 2015

bridgetedit500"Each year, U.S. fire departments respond to nearly 230 home structure fires that start with Christmas trees. Home Christmas tree fires cause an average of six deaths, 22 injuries and more than $18 million in direct property damage annually, and the danger can extend beyond Christmas." Bridget Hetchler | bhetchler@peabodyinc.com Article Courtesy of: Chubb Insurance Four Fire Hazards and Tips to Avoid Them: Picture your perfect holiday. Perhaps you hear family members laugh while the fireplace crackles in the background. Or you enjoy your favorite holiday meal surrounded by friends and the glow of candlelight in your carefully decorated dining room. With all the holiday buildup, you might not be thinking about fire safety. But you can help preserve these peaceful memories by doing a little preparation. Nearly 156,000 fires occur during the winter holiday season, causing 630 deaths, 2,600 injuries, and approximately $936 million in property damage, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. "These are tragic losses at this time of year," says James King, field technical manager for Chubb Personal Insurance. Every January he reviews several cases of fires that could have been prevented. The attached PDF highlights the four main fire hazards that every homeowner should know. 02100787.pdf