Don’t let a fire take the merry out of your holidays.
The Holidays are a time of year to enjoy friends and family, but sometimes they don’t always go as planned. Don’t believe us? Check out this experiment Erie Insurance did with their Erie, Pennsylvania, City of Erie Fire Department.
Erie Insurance staged a fire in a vacant home which showed how a Christmas tree fire can fill a room with toxic smoke in just 30 seconds and burn down an entire living room in one minute.
“Many people love their Christmas decorations and choose to leave them up for a few weeks after the holiday, but when it comes to a dried-out live Christmas tree, that’s a dangerous risk to take. We want families to enjoy the post-holiday season safely; we don’t want them to be displaced from their homes due to a fire, or even worse, caught in a life-threatening situation.”
– Gary Sullivan , vice president of property and subrogation claims, Erie Insurance
Watch How Quickly a Christmas Tree Can Catch Fire
Recent national reporting done by the National Fire Protection Association showed Christmas trees resulted in an annual average of seven civilian fire deaths, 19 civilian fire injuries and $17.5 million in direct property damage during a four-year period. Make sure to take care of your tree to ensure a safe and happy holiday.
See how quickly a tree goes up in flames:
If the unexpected does happen this holiday, our homeowners insurance agents are here for you.
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Hope you have a safe and Happy Holiday Season, from the staff at Bayline Insurance!