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HARTFORD, CT (December 9, 2020) – Given an increased number of people opting for live Christmas trees this year - and many folks putting those trees up early in an effort to add a little joy to a season otherwise clouded by COVID-19 - AAA and our fire safety partners are urging homeowners to take extra precautions as this ‘extended' holiday season may increase the risk of home fires.
“Getting the tree up early certainly brightens the season but there is also a greater chance that the tree will dry out as the weeks go by, making it more of a fire hazard,” says Sonia Medina, a spokesperson for AAA Insurance. “It is critical that homeowners take every precaution when putting up the tree, the lights and other decorations to minimize risk and ensure everyone’s safety.”
According to a survey from the Christmas Tree Promotion Board, more than 20% of people reported they were more likely to buy a real Christmas tree this year after having an artificial one last year or no tree at all.
And, according to the American Red Cross, December and January are the peak months for house fires.
“The Christmas season signals the start of a time of much higher risk of home fires, which all too often end in tragedy," says Alan Zygmunt, Public Information Officer for the Connecticut Fire Academy. “We want everyone to be aware of the dangers so they will take all steps necessary to celebrate the season with safely as a top priority.”
According to the National Fire Protection Association:
AAA Insurance Tips for Preventing a Holiday Fire
Before the decorations go up, AAA recommends testing all the smoke alarms throughout your house.
"The holiday season is a good reminder to do this safety check or to buy smoke alarms if you don’t already have them," Medina adds.
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