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In the US, Christmas trees start over 200 house fires annually. Here are some tips for safely using Christmas trees this holiday season.

ChristmasTree

  • Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire, so look for a tree with vibrant green needles that are hard to pluck and don’t break off easily from its branches. The tree shouldn’t be shedding its needles readily.
  • Always place your tree away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights, and keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
  • Keep candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture, décor and any flammable objects.
  • Don’t forget to turn your Christmas tree lights off each night or when you are away.
  • When the tree begins to drop its needles, it’s time to get it out of the house. Dropping needles means the tree is just too dry to resist ignition.
  • After the holidays, don’t burn Christmas trees in your woodstove or fireplace. The sap released into the smoke can deposit flammable material in your chimney or flue and lead to a dangerous fire there.

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