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Report: NFPA's "Home Structure Fires Involving Christmas Trees"
Author: Marty Ahrens
Issued: November 2017

 

Report highlights

  • U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 200 home1structure fires per year that began with Christmas trees in 2011-2015. These fires caused an annual average of 6 civilian deaths, 16 civilian injuries, and $14.8 million in direct property damage.
  • On average, one of every 32 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 143 total reported home fires. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are much more likely to be deadly than most other fires.
  • Four of every five Christmas tree fires occurred in December or January.
  • In one-quarter (26%) of the Christmas tree fires and 80% of the deaths, some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree.

1Homes include one- or two-family homes and apartments or other multi-family housing.

 

 

Home structure fires in which Christmas trees were first ignited

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