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Posted December 18, 2017 | 4:13 PM

Fire Departments to Host Christmas Tree Fire Safety Event

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Dec. 18, 2017) - Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious, or even deadly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments respond to an annual average of 200 home fires that start with Christmas trees. These fires often start because the tree is not lighted properly, watered enough, or is placed in a dangerous location. To demonstrate proper Christmas tree safety, as well as what happens when a Christmas tree isn't maintained, Tampa Bay fire departments are joining forces again to host a media event on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at the Hillsborough County Public Safety Operations Complex, 9450 E. Columbus Drive in Tampa.

Each participating department will cover a safety topic with an interactive demonstration and availability for interviews. This year's topics and demonstrations have been arranged to accommodate more flexibility for live shots and plenty of time for one-on-one interviews throughout the morning. The various departments will be available for demonstrations beginning at 5 a.m. and ending at 10 a.m. Scheduled live demonstrations include a turkey frying demo at 5:30 a.m., and a Christmas tree fire demo at 6:30 a.m.

Here are the demonstration topics and corresponding departments.

  • 5:30 a.m. - Turkey frying (scheduled demonstration­)
    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and Tampa Fire Rescue
  • 6:30 a.m. - Christmas tree fire (scheduled demonstration)
    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue
  • Holiday lights and decorations
    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and Pasco County Fire Rescue
  • Smoke alarms and exit drills
    Pinellas Park Fire Department
  • Fire extinguisher safety
    Temple Terrace Fire Department
  • Space heater safety/safe home heating
    St. Petersburg Fire Rescue
  • Turkey preparation
    Pasco County Fire Rescue

Interviews in Spanish will be available.

WHAT: Christmas tree fire safety media event
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. Location opens at 4:30 a.m. for media set-up.
WHERE: Public Safety Operations Complex, 9450 E. Columbus Drive

Note to media: Please let us know prior to the event if you are planning to attend or go live so that we can accommodate your needs.

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