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Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC)
DFPC Encourages a Fire-Free Holiday Season
Make the holiday season a happy time by practicing these safety habits.
DENVER —The holiday season is a joyous time but unfortunately, it presents many opportunities for home fires to occur. The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) urges Colorado families to remember the importance of fire safety and prevention.
Christmas trees are involved in approximately 400 fires annually, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), typically resulting in more than 12 deaths, dozens of injuries and more than $10 million in property loss and damage. Short-circuiting tree lights are cited as the leading cause.
“A beautifully decorated live Christmas tree is a holiday tradition for many households across this country. However, these trees pose serious danger when allowed to become dry,” said DFPC Director Paul Cooke. “Tree fires, which can have tragic consequences, are preventable if you follow a few simple steps.”
Human error and carelessness cause most fires and related deaths and injuries.
USFA reports that candles cause more than 17,000 home fires, resulting in about 180 deaths and 1,575 injuries each year. The top four days for home candle fires are Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve.
By following these simple, but often overlooked, safety tips you will be well on your way to a safe and happy holiday season.
Holiday Fire Safety Tips
About the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC)
Our Mission is to provide leadership and support to Colorado communities in reducing threats to lives, property and the environment from fire through fire prevention and code enforcement; wildfire preparedness, response, and management; and the training and certification of firefighters.
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