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Christmas tree safety tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! While Christmas tree fires have been on the decline since the 80’s, they are still common, and the sad reality is one of every 32 Christmas tree fires results in a death. 

Here are a few Christmas tree fire facts:

 A dry Christmas trees can become engulfed in flames in less than 10 seconds!

 It takes just one to two minutes for an entire room to be engulfed in flames and begin spreading to the rest of the home.

 Real Christmas trees are three times more likely to be involved in a fire than a fake Christmas tree.

 Christmas tree fires cause $14.8 in property damage annually

Always be sure your smoke detectors are working so you'll be notified immediately if a fire begins. Below are some ways to avoid a holiday tragedy and prevent Christmas tree fires:

 Choose a tree with fresh green needles and no visibly dead branches.

 Before placing in a tree stand, cut off two inches of the trunk.

 Throw away Christmas lights that have cord damage.

 When replacing bulbs, ensure they are the correct wattage.

 Read the manufacturer’s instructions for Christmas lights, and do not exceed the maximum number of connected strands.

 Do not tuck extension cords under tree skirts or rugs.

 Make sure your tree is at least three feet away from any heat source.

 NEVER use candles to decorate your tree.

 Turn off lights before you go to bed.

 Water your tree daily.

 Remove your tree in a timely manner after the holiday.

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