Monday, December 15, 2014

Is Your Christmas Tree a Threat?

Christmas trees are a beautiful way to welcome in the spirit of the holidays, but be warned, they bring with them an element of danger.  You need to be diligent about how your tree is protected and placed in your home.

Christmas trees can catch on fire. The National Fire Protection Association reports that between 2007-2011 U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of six deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in direct property damage annually.

While the living room fireplace may be an ideal venue for Santa to stuff stockings, the heat from the fire, vents, and radiators dry out live trees quickly. 

At this busy time of year a Christmas tree is not the only threat to your safety.  More than 30,000 non-fatal shock accidents occur each year with an increase in statistics during the holiday as people gather together.  Heating equipment accounted for nearly 60,000 injuries in 2013.  Space heaters accounted for 19% of the total injuries, but more than two-thirds of the thermal burn injuries.

The Masters Law Firm in Charleston West Virginia hopes that you have a safe and happy Christmas season.  Remember that if you need representation due to any injury, contact The Masters Law Firm at (800) 988-4035.

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