TFD encourages safety when it comes to holiday decorations

By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 7, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- According to the National Fire Prevention Association about 200 house fires happen per year because of Christmas trees.

Annually, those fires cause about $15 million in property damage and six civilian deaths.

“You don’t have very much time when it comes to a Christmas tree fire,” said Sarah Cooksey, with the Tallahassee Fire Department. “Once it ignites, it’s gone.”

As the holiday approaches, TFD is warning residents to be cautious.

To prevent a fire, residents are urged to make sure their tree is green and water it every day. Check to make sure any wires or extension cords are not frayed. And, be sure to blow out candles before leaving the house or going to bed.

"During the holidays we have a lot of family and friends in town and we're excited. And we're not really paying attention to safety stuff as often because we're so busy enjoying the festivities. So it's so important to remind everyone to be safe. It's tragic when you have a house fire any time of the year, but especially during the holidays,” said Cooksey.

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