You may be trying to access this site from a secured browser on the server. Please enable scripts and reload this page.
Fire and Rescue
Office of the Chief
Assistant Fire & Rescue Chiefs
Operations in Action
Special Operations & Hazardous Materials
Potomac Open Water Boat Program
Swift Water Rescue
Confined Space Rescue
Heavy Truck Extrication
Technical Rope Rescue
Structural Collapse Rescue
Emergency Medical Services
Becoming a Firefighter/EMT
EMS Billing Program
Endorsed EMS Providers
Candidate Physical Ability Test Training Facility
Health & Safety
Self-Containing Breathing Apparatus
Fire & Injury Prevention
Residential Sprinklers Save Lives
Local Emergency Planning Committee
Community Safety Programs
News & Information
Line Of Duty Death Reports
Fire Marshal's Office
Public Safety Training Center
Public Safety Communications Center
Office of Emergency Management
Fire & Rescue Association
Departments & Agencies
Fire and Rescue
Safety and Holiday Decorations
December 19, 2013
Christmas trees and decorations add to the holiday spirit, yet, pose the risk of fire and injury to many, especially children.
Holiday plants such as mistletoe, holly, lilies and daffodils may enliven a room but they are poisonous to humans and pets.
g these types of plants, place them in locations that can be admired from a distance by all, yet, unattainable to children and pets.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), during 2007 – 2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 230 home fires; the origin of these fires were Christmas trees that resulted in an annual average of 6 deaths, 22 injuries and over $18.3 million in property damage.
When comparing Christmas tree fires to other reported home fires:
Christmas tree fires
1 out of every 40 home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death
Click to view video
Other reported home fires
1 out of every142 home fires resulted in a death
When decorating the holiday tree follow these simple safety tips:
Decorate with children in mind. Do not put ornaments that have small parts or metal hooks, or look like
food or candy, on the lower branches where small children can reach them.
Trim protruding branches at or below a child’s eye level, and keep lights out of reach.
Natural trees always involve some risk of fire. To minimize the risk:
Get a fresh tree and keep it watered at all times.
Do not put the tree within three feet of a heat source, i.e. fireplace, space heater, radiator or heat vent.
Never leave a lit tree or other decorative lighting displays unattended.
Turn off all decorations before leaving the house or going to bed.
Inspect lights for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections and broken sockets.
Do not overload extension cords or outlets.
Do not run an electrical cord under a rug.
Do not burn tree branches, treated wood or wrapping paper in a home fireplace.
Keep near each phone the number of the
National Poison Center
Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue
would like to remind individuals that holidays were designed to spend time with family and friends and not for making 911 calls or visits to the emergency room. Make your holiday a cherished and memorable holiday by preparing and implementing proper precautions.
Email For Assistance
Copyright Prince William County Government. All Rights Reserved.
Prince William County Government