2017 Christmas Tree Fire Safety Demonstration

PIO Number: 17-12-15

Date: Dec. 14, 2017

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ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE FIRE SAFETY DEMONSTRATION

10 a.m. Friday, December 15, 2017

Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety

4180 N.W. 120th Ave., Coral Springs

On December 15, 2017, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, in partnership with the Coral Springs Fire Department, will host its Annual Christmas Tree Fire Safety Demonstration. The demo will consist of a live fire experiment using a natural Christmas tree in order to demonstrate the burning behavior (size, intensity, and growth rate) of a typical Christmas tree fire. This experiment will exhibit the impact of moisture content on ignition, fire growth rate and peak burning behavior – proof that it is vital to maintain well-hydrated trees.

Christmas tree fires are four times more deadly than the average house fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments respond to an annual average of 200 home structure fires that begin with Christmas trees. These fires cause an annual average of six civilian deaths, 16 civilian injuries and $14.8 million in direct property damages. One out 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.

THIS REPORT BY:
Michael Kane, Battalion Chief/PIO
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