During 2003-2008, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 260 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of 14 deaths, 26 injuries, and $13.8 million in direct property damage annually.
During 2003-2006, an estimated 14,800 home structure fires started by candles were reported to local fire departments. These fires resulted in an estimated 160 civilian deaths, 1,340 civilian injuries and an estimated direct property loss of $471 million.
Four in 10 reported home fires start in the kitchen -- more than any other place in the home.
Half of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February in 2003-2006.
Source: NFPA's Fire Analysis and Research Division