Fires are rising in the High Country

According to the National Fire Protection Association, next to Thanksgiving Day when stoves and ovens are working overtime, the most house fires occur on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

“Not surprisingly December is a leading month for house fires, because that’s when we have fires in the fireplace, candles in the window, and overloaded electrical circuits “, said Christopher Cook, owner of Alliance Insurance Services. In fact, NFPA reports that each year, approximately 160 home fires occur when Christmas trees catch fire, causing an average of two civilian deaths, 12 civilian injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage. “Most Holiday fires are caused by Christmas trees being placed too close to a fireplace, heater, or candles,” said Cook. Cook reminds everyone to move Christmas trees far away from any heat source, extinguish lit candles before leaving the house, don’t leave heated stove tops and ovens unattended, and don’t overload circuits and extension cords.

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