2018 Christmas Tree Fire Safety Demonstration

Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 18-12-05

Date: December 5, 2018


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LIVE FIRE EXPERIMENT

10 a.m., Wednesday, December 12, 2018

CORAL SPRINGS REGIONAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC SAFETY

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


About the Event

On December 12, 2018, the Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of 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.

Why

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.

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Michael Kane, Battalion Chief/PIO

firepio@sheriff.org

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