It's the time year for shopping and holiday travel. While many East Texans have already got their tree up, local fire officials are wanting you and your family to be safe from potential fire dangers.
Every year it's reported that there's about 250 deaths in the United States, on average. The all stem from one common cause--the Christmas tree and the main culprit is the tree itself is too close to a heat source. According to recent surveys yearly fires from this situation result in 25 deaths and 30 injuries per year.
Nacogdoches Fire Department officials say not only are fires caused by heat sources, but also due to electrical problems.
They recommend these following tips to help reduce your risk of fire:
1. Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2 to 3 inches from the base of the trunk.
2. Place the trunk in a sturdy water holding stand.
3. Keep the stand filled with water.
4. Keep the tree at least 3 feet away from all heat sources.
5. Place the tree in an area that does not block exits or where it could be a tripping hazard.
6. Never use lighted candles to decorate a tree.
7. Only use lights that have the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label.
8. Throw away any lights that have bare or frayed wires or any loose connections.
9. Turn off all lights and decorations before you leave home or go to bed.
Fire officials say if you have any questions, feel free to call them at 936-559-2541.