The American Red Cross, the Carrol L. Herring Fire and Emergency Training Institute and the Baton Rouge and St. George fire departments will host a live Christmas tree burn demonstration on Monday, December 16 at 8:00 a.m.
The event is taking place at the Carrol L. Herring Fire and Emergency Training Institute located at 6868 Nicholson Dr.
The event is being put on to raise awareness about the fire risks posed by dry Christmas trees, according to American Red Cross Regional Director of Communications and Marketing Stephanie Wagner.
During the demonstration, three trees will be burned: one that was watered and properly cared for and two that were not. The demonstration will show how quickly fires can start and how easily they can be avoided, Wagner wrote.
Fire risks are higher around the holidays due to increased cooking, increased heater use and using Christmas lights.