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Christmas Tree, A Potential Fire Hazard: 6 Tips To Keep Your Family Safe


An insidious danger lurks in the shadows. Your Christmas tree, a symbol of festivity, could turn into a devastating blaze. How can you prevent this silent threat?

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The hidden risks behind the beauty of Christmas trees

Christmas trees, symbols of joy and festivity, can become sources of fire.

According to firefighters, “it only takes 30 seconds for a Christmas tree to ignite!” turning a moment meant to be festive into a real tragedy.

Christmas lights, candles, and even decorations can be sources of fire.

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Every year, incidents occur, shattering the magic of Christmas and putting lives in danger.

Prevention for a better celebration, a useful reminder!

Christmas lights, if they are not NF or CE certified, can cause short circuits or overheating that can lead to a fire.

Artificial trees must meet anti-fire standards class M0 or M1 and be marked NF or CE to minimize risks.

While Christmas trees and their decorations are essential for a successful Christmas, it is important to remain vigilant.

A poorly installed tree or decorations can cause a fire that can spread throughout the room in less than a minute.

The safety of everyone should never be compromised for tradition.

Why you should water your Christmas tree?

In this striking video, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) reveals the importance of watering your Christmas tree by comparing a watered tree to a dry one.

The contrast is alarming: the dry tree ignites in an instant, consumed in less than two minutes, while its watered counterpart resists, even extinguishing the flame.

This enlightening demonstration highlights a simple yet vital gesture for a safe Christmas.

Turn your Christmas into a safe and joyful celebration

This year, take the lead for a safe Christmas. Here is a list of 6 tips to remember:

  • Install smoke detectors in your home, it is an essential step.
  • Raise awareness among your family, especially children, about potential dangers and the actions to take in case of fire.
  • Regularly check that your smoke detectors are functioning properly.
  • Only use NF or CE certified Christmas lights or artificial trees.
  • Turn off all lights and candles before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Regularly water your tree if you are using a natural tree.

By being vigilant and prepared, you can fully enjoy the magic of Christmas in a safe manner.

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