Spreading the Word that Stops the Spread of Fire: Close Before You Doze

Video Shares Fire Safety Tips for the Winter Holiday Season

Fire Safety
December 15, 2018

Living room with holiday decorations and a Christmas tree

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), on average, one of every 52 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 135 total reported home fires. Three of every ten are caused by electrical problems, and one in four starts from a heat source that’s too close to the tree. With the winter holidays approaching, the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) team decided to create a short video to help spread holiday fire safety tips specifically around Christmas trees and other holiday decorations.

This video features a fire inside a living room involving a non-watered tree to show how rapidly fire spreads, especially with a Christmas tree in the home. UL FSRI Marketing Specialist Jennifer Williams shares tips from UL Safety Smart and the NFPA that explain the proper process for picking, placing, caring for, and decorating Christmas trees. Other tips about candles, lights, decorations, smoke alarms, fire escape plans, and the importance of closing doors before going to bed at night are also discussed.


Holiday Fire Safety from the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) on Vimeo.