The holiday season accounts for some of the highest numbers of household fires in the country. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve holidays account for the largest number of household candle fires in the US.
Festive candles, decorative lighting, and heavy-duty cooking during the holiday season provide plenty of opportunities for a quick fire to break out. In fact, between 2011 and 2015, fire stations across the United States responded to an average of 200 home fires each year originating from burning Christmas trees alone. Not all of these fires were completely harmless. Six people died in holiday blazes that originated with tree fires during this period of time.
Electrical lighting was linked to approximately 40% of all Christmas tree fires reported in the United States. Approximately 36% of fires were linked to home candle fires. The Christmas and New Year season also witnessed a large number of household fires linked to cooking-related accidents.