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Posted on: December 4, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Christmas Tree Safety Tips!

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Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.

Picking Out Your Tree:
- Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree:
- 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.

Lighting the tree:
- Use lights that have the label of an independent 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.

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