JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It takes a Christmas tree just 30 seconds to fill a room with toxic smoke and 60 to burn down your entire living room. While the holiday season may be fun, it also poses a serious safety hazard to your family.
Bringing attention to these dangers, Erie Insurance and the Erie Fire Department staged a fire in a vacant home to show people what can happen if homeowners don't take proper precautions.
"It's critical that homeowners understand the risks, and it's up to us to train the public about fire safety, especially around this time of year," said Chief Guy Santone, Erie Fire Department.
Recent data from the National Fire Protection Association shows Christmas trees resulted in an annual average of seven civilian deaths, 19 injuries and $17.5 million in direct property damage during a four-year period.
Officials are offering the following tips to ensure a wonderful holiday season: