Christmas

Christmas Tree Fires

  • Between 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 230 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 6 deaths, 22 injuries, and $18.3 million in direct property damage annually.

  • On average, one of every 40 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.

  • Electrical problems were factors in one-third (32%) of home Christmas tree structure fires.

  • Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room, family room, or den.

- National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA)

Thanksgiving

Top 10 U.S. States for Turkey Fryer Fires

1. Texas

Number of claims: 19

Texas has the most incidences of turkey fryer fires, coming in with 19 claims.

One of the most important safety tips is to never leave a hot turkey fryer unattended. Most fryers do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.

propertycasualty360.com November 21, 2012

 

Traffic Safety

> Estimated fatalities: 436

> Deaths prevented by seatbelts: 158

Over the six-year period between 2006 and 2011, traffic deaths around Thanksgiving accounted for nearly 15% of all vehicle-related fatalities in November. Between 2001 and 2007, driving fatalities during the holiday were in excess of 500 each year, peaking at 623 in 2006. Over the last five years, however, deaths have not exceeded 500. In 2011, just 375 people died on the road over the holiday, the fewest deaths since at least 1995. This year, the NSC estimates deaths rose to 436, with an additional 46,600 nonfatal injuries, which include all unintentional injuries that require medical consultation, over the travel period running from Wednesday evening through Sunday.

- The Wall Street Journal December 23, 2013