NFPA recommends removing holiday decorations promptly to reduce fire risks

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Some people choose to keep Christmas trees up for a few weeks after the holiday. But did you know that nearly 40 percent of homes fires that began with Christmas trees occurred in January?

“The longer Christmas trees are in the home, the more dangerous they become,” says Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for NFPA. “The continued use of seasonal lighting and dried-out trees can pose significant fire hazards in and outside the home. Proper disposal of the tree from your home will minimize the risk and will keep the holiday a joyful one.”

Although these tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be fatal. On average, one of every 40 reported home structure Christmas tree fires resulted in a death compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home structure fires.

NFPA offers tips on disposing of your Christmas tree and safely removing and storing your holiday decorations.