By Tim Kowols
With Christmas in the rear view mirror, now is an important time to double check the possible winter dangers in your home. Dried out Christmas trees are to blame for an average of 200 home fires every year according to the National Fire Protection Association, causing an average of six deaths, 16 injuries, and $14.8 million in property damage annually. Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht reminds live tree owners that even though the holidays are drawing to a close, you still have to keep an eye on it if you going to hold off on throwing it out.
Hecht warns homeowners to also keep an eye on their carbon monoxide detectors as furnaces and other heating devices could emit carbon monoxide at dangerous levels.