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Christmas Tree Safety
As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

After Christmas
Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.
Check with your local community to find a recycling program.
Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
* Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
* Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
* Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
* Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
* Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
* Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
* Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
* Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
* Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
* One quarter of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.
* Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.
* A heat source too close to the tree causes roughly one in every four of the fires.

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