The below stats are from our partners in safety at the NFPA.
- Between 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 210 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 7 deaths, 19 injuries, and $17.5 million in direct property damage annually.
- On average, one of every 31 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires.
- Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 38% of home Christmas tree fires.
- Twenty-two percent of Christmas tree fires were intentional.
- Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.
- U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 860 home structure fires per year that began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees, in 2009-2013. These fires caused an annual average of one civilian fire death, 41 civilian fire injuries and $13.4 million in direct property damage.
- Ten percent of decoration fires were intentional.
- The decoration was too close to a heat source such as a candle or equipment in nearly half (45%) of the fires.
- One-fifth (20%) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen. One out of six (17%) started in the living room, family room or den.
- One-fifth (20%) of the home decoration fires occurred in December.
- Candles started 38% of home decoration structure fires.
- Half (51%) of the December home decoration fires were started by candles, compared to one-third (35%) in January to November.
- The top three days for home candle fires were Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve.
- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
- Cooking equipment was involved in 18% of home decoration fires. This can happen when a decoration is left on or too close to a stove or other cooking equipment.