Video: This NFPA/UL video demonstrates the flammability of a dry Christmas tree vs. a tree that has been watered regularly.
Facts & figures
- Between 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in direct property damage annually.
- On average, one of every 40 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.
- Electrical problems were factors in one-third (32%0 of home Christmas tree structure fires.
- Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.
Source: NFPA’s “Home Christmas Tree and Holiday Light Fires” by John R. Hall, Jr., November 2013.
Also see: Fact sheet on Christmas trees and holiday lights (PDF, 51 KB)
Video: NFPA’s Lisa Braxton offers a few simple safety tips to consider during the holiday season.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 10:00-11:00 am PDT
A 7-month-old baby is dead and his father under arrest on a homicide charge after an incident Tuesday on Long Island.
Devon A. Fenner, 25, of Hempstead had driven home with his son, Nassau County police said. He told police that 1:40 p.m. that he realized that he forgot to take his son from inside the 2003 Toyota that was parked in front of his house.
Police said that Dominick Fenner was left in his car seat unattended in the vehicle for approximately 30 minutes.
Emergency Medical Technicians and Hempstead Police responded to the 911 call from the home stating that the baby was not breathing. Crews started CPR on the boy and he was rushed to Mercy Medical Center.
The baby was dead by 2:27 p.m.
Police arrested and charged Fenner with criminal negligent homicide.
He was arraigned on Wednesday in Hempstead where he pleaded not guilty. A judge set bail at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash, according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.
Fenner is due back in court August 28.
A court document estimated the temperature inside the car at 119 degrees, the Associated Press reported.
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Fire crews responded to 911 call about an apartment complex fire near 19th Avenue and Glendale late Monday night. When they arrived at the scene, they saw smoke billowing from a second story unit. Investigators said the victim was found in a second-floor bedroom of the two-story apartment and appeared to be trying to escape the fire before he was overcome.
The man had been badly burned and was transported to the Maricopa County burn Center. He died from his injuries a few hours later.
Crews were able to put out the fire before it spread to other units. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but officials say it apparently started in the kitchen.
The Fire Department says a smoke detector was found in the apartment, but it didn’t have a battery installed.
No other injuries were reported.
The man’s name has not been released.
CHANDLER, AZ – Authorities say a 2-year-old has died after she was found in a Chandler backyard pool Wednesday afternoon.
According to Chandler police, first responders found adults performing CPR on the young girl at a home near Frye and Alma School roads. There were reportedly two adult relatives inside the home at the time. Chandler fire personnel immediately took over attempts at life-saving measures.
Chandler fire Batt. Chief Tom Dwiggins said the girl died at the hospital. Police say an investigation is under way.
Dwiggins said there was no fence around the pool and the girl somehow slipped out of the house.
Firefighters said a toddler drowned Sunday in a backyard pool near 32nd Avenue and Peoria Avenue.
The family reportedly lost track of the 2-year-old boy, and he somehow slipped through a door that went to the pool.
His father found him floating and began performing CPR until emergency responders arrived.
The boy was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
It’s not known how long he was in the water before he was discovered.
We’ve had 23 water-related accidents in Phoenix this year. Police and firefighters all around the valley want to bring that number down – including in Tempe.
They’re using the child’s point of view to demonstrate just how easy it is for them to fall into a pool.
The perspective we see in this public service announcement is very different from others. It’s that of a child, drowning. A very grim reminder to parents that eye to eye contact around water is the difference between life and death.
The video is dramatic, the struggle obvious. A young child fighting to stay afloat, battling for her last breath. She doesn’t stand a chance.
“It was really fast it looked like she struggled for a little bit and then that was it.”
Parents we showed the video to were awestruck by the severity of the message, and surprised by how quickly a drowning can happen even when adults are around.
“We came up with this concept of our camera man actually going underwater, being the child,” says Sue Taeffe, spokesperson for Tempe Fire. Taeffe says the PSA is all about eye to eye supervisions — a reminder that vigilance — watching your kids around water is the only way to prevent a drowning.
“We were thinking about how quiet a drowning can be, you know, you can be inside, even outside, maybe on the other side of your yard and the next thing you know your child is in the pool.” This staged video is a minute long, the same amount of time it can take a young child to drown. Whether it’s a pool, the bathtub or toilet, it can happen anywhere any time of year.
“Accidents happen everywhere and so that video is pretty intense.”