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Published: 02 December 2021 02 December 2021

SANTA FE, NM – Don’t forget fire safety as you prepare for holiday festivities this December. Before you deck the halls, it’s a good idea to take a little extra time to make sure happy holidays don’t turn into a tragedy. Concluding our 2021 “Wildfire Preparedness is Year-Round” campaign, the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department’s (EMNRD) Forestry Division and its partners’ message for December is “Make a holiday safety list and check it twice!” 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas trees are responsible for an estimated 160 home fires annually, causing $10 million in property damage. Fortunately, fatalities and injuries from Christmas tree fires are relatively low with an annual average of two deaths and 12 injuries. Candles cause 45% of home decoration fires in December, with Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day the worst days of the year for candle fires. 

Simple steps on this holiday checklist will ensure that you and your home don’t become a statistic.

The New Mexico Forestry Division is working with the Carson, Cibola, and Santa Fe National Forests, Forest Stewards Guild, Fire Adapted NM, the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management New Mexico State Office to build a 2021 wildfire preparedness calendar and share the message across multiple platforms, including social media, webinars and community events. Bookmark the wildfire preparedness webpage to follow the campaign throughout the year.    

As we close out 2021, we wish you safe and happy holidays. Stay tuned for our 2022 campaign.