7 On Your Side Alert: Holiday safety at home

Christmas tree fire (MGN Online file photo)

Two very real Christmas trees sit inside the research center for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in Rockville, Maryland — one has been watered daily; a second one is bone dry.

7 On Your Side watched as both were lit on fire.

It just took a spark, and within seconds the dry tree filled up with flames. If the tree was in your home, your presents would be gone and maybe your house too.

Ann Marie Buerkle, the acting commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said, "The tree that was dry burned very quickly and with great intensity and that's the reminder. Keep your tree watered every day."

Did you know 100 Christmas trees catch on fire every year in the United States?

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says 20 deaths occur each year from holiday fires involving trees or candles. If you have an artificial tree buy one with a label that says fire resistant. Never leave a candle burning where you can't see it.

Another huge safety tip? Make sure your family has a fire escape plan and practice it with your kids.

Nearly 240 holiday-related injuries per day occur during November and December. Property loss due to holiday fires reaches into the millions of dollars each year.

"Some basic simple steps can help to save lives and prevent injuries," Buerkle said.

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