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December 7, 2020 – The search for safe holiday celebrations during the pandemic has led to early home decorating – including Christmas trees. The holiday staple have been popping up on top of cars and in windows everywhere much earlier than typically. AAA Oklahoma warns this extended display time actually increases the potential for live Christmas trees to become fire hazards. Trees may have been on display for six weeks or more by the time Christmas Day arrives.
“The first step is safely transporting and setting up a Christmas tree, said Leslie Gamble, manager, Pubic and Government Affairs for AAA Oklahoma. “Then, we urge those displaying live trees to remember to water the tree daily to avoid it drying out and becoming a fire hazard.”
Tie One On - Properly
“If not properly secured, a tree can cause vehicle damage such as scratched paint, torn door seals, distorted window frames, or even worse, it could fly off the vehicle and become a danger to other drivers,” Gamble said.
“Twine that is wrapped around trees and looped through door jambs or open windows can cause serious vehicle damage that could cost up to $1,500 to repair,” said Gamble. "Worse yet, improperly securing a Christmas tree to your vehicle could present a serious road danger if it comes loose and flies off into traffic.”
Oklahoma law makes it illegal for items transported by motorists to fall from a vehicle while on the road. Fines can range from $5 to $500, with jail as a possible punishment for repeat offenders.
AAA Oklahoma suggests these tips:
According to AAA research, an estimated 84 million Americans (33 percent) will purchase a real Christmas tree and of those:
The National Fire Protection Association reports that between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees each year.
AAA Oklahoma Insurance offers the following tips to reduce the risk of a house fire this Christmas:
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