Fire investigators have determined that an 86-year-old woman, Crista Mensh, who died in a house fire after Christmas was caused by lights on a live Christmas tree. The blaze broke out at 7pm on December 26th in the 3500 block of Goodview Court in Fairfax, Virginia and caused $615,275 in damage to the home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Christmas tree fires have decreased over the last two decades but an estimated 160 occur each year of which about one third are electrical. To avoid similar disasters, buyers should water their live tree stand daily and check lights for worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
Where is Fairfax, Virginia?
Fairfax, Virginia is a bustling city located in the northern part of the state just outside Washington, DC. It’s home to George Mason University, as well as numerous parks and recreational activities. George Mason University is a public research university located in Fairfax, Virginia. It’s the largest university in the state and was founded in 1972. GMU offers more than 200 degree programs across disciplines like engineering, law, business, economics and social policy to over 38,000 students every year. The school has also been recognized for its commitment to providing diverse educational opportunities and promoting sustainability initiatives. GMU has world-class faculty and cutting-edge research labs that provide students with hands-on learning experiences, giving them the skills they need to succeed after graduation. Fairfax also boasts a thriving arts and cultural scene, with plenty of galleries, performing arts centers, historic sites and museums to explore. With its convenient location between Richmond and Washington DC, Fairfax is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway or an extended stay.
What is the National Fire Protection Association?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1896 dedicated to reducing death, injury and property damage caused by fire. NFPA provides a wide range of programs, services and standards to the fire protection community including advocacy for uniform building codes, training resources for firefighters, public education about fire safety and up-to-date safety guidelines. The association also offers certification programs for the construction industry that ensure all products used in homes, schools and businesses are designed with safety in mind. NFPA is committed to keeping communities safe from fire hazards and promoting responsible practices within the fire service industry.