Local fire departments, Red Cross to host Christmas tree burn demonstration


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 03: A man ties a tree he cut down onto the roof of his car to transport it home at Triple A Christmas Tree Farm in Luddenham on December 3, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Visitors can select and cut their own Christmas tree to take home. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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.

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