Have a Christmas tree in Jupiter or Palm Beach Gardens? Be careful or risk a fatal fire

Chestnuts roasting over an open fire…  The house filled with the smells of scrumptious holiday meals cooking and the Christmas tree giving off the most pleasant of pine fresh aromas. Ahhh, what a wonderful time of the year! Unless you are one of the unlucky few who have their Christmas tree catch on fire.

Unfortunately, Christmas trees can and do catch on fire, particularly if they are not well-tended and have been allowed to dry out during their time standing in a home. In fact, the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and NFPA’s annual fire department experience survey show that between 2009-2013, Christmas trees were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 210 reported home structure fires per year, resulting in an annual average of seven deaths, 19 injuries, and $17.5 million in property damage directly related to the fire.

Furthermore, it was found that one of every 31 reported home Christmas tree fires resulted in at least one death, compared to an average of one death per 144 total reported home fires. Neither agency offered a reason for why a home fire involving a Christmas tree was also more likely to cause a death to occur. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the speed with which a fire grows when a dry tree (such as a Christmas tree) is involved can be a significant part of why death is more likely to occur.

To read this entire article please go to: http://www.nfpa.org/research/reports-and-statistics/fire-causes/holiday/christmas-tree-and-holiday-lights

Safety with Christmas trees, Chanukah candles, toys, holiday lights and all other things associated with the holidays is an important issue to keep at the front of your mind this holiday season. Our Board Certified lawyers from Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, P.A. wish you a Happy, and just as importantly Safe Holiday Season this year, and every year.

If you or a person you care about gets hurt or killed in a fire, or a car, motorcycle or boating accident, or you simply have a question about a potential personal injury situation that you have not yet had answered, please contact us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been injured in some type of accident, then go to this page on our website: http://sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/accidents-serious-injury/. We also specialize in Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

Whether you are in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other city in the state of Florida, you need to find and hire a law firm that has the level of knowledge and experience that will get you the financial results you deserve, while also working with you throughout your case until some type of resolution has been reached. With over four decades of experience, that firm is Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne.

Contact us directly at (561) 686-3400, or via email at info@sswlawfl.com.


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