Holiday hazards Christmas trees, decorations can start home fires

By: 
From the Lebanon Fire Department

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire services respond to over 1,000 structure fires each year due to holiday decorations. Over 200 of these fires start because of Christmas trees. The remaining balance is blamed on other decorations.

Here are some tips to help keep your holidays safe.

Christmas tree safety

Pick a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Cut 2” off the trunk before placing the tree in the stand.

Make sure the tree does not block any exit.

Keep the tree at least three feet from any heat source.

Add water to the tree stand daily.

Use only electric decorations for indoor use and have a independent laboratory label.

Replace any damaged decorations.

Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.

Turn off any decorations before going to bed.

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