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Officials urge Christmas tree safety

Dec 18, 2013 -- 2:27pm

Officials are reminding you to take steps to ensure your Christmas tree doesn't become a fire hazard.  Safety tips for your Christmas tree include making sure its at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators, candles or other heat sources.  Fire and Life Safety Services officials say you should also make sure you aren't using lights specifically designed for outdoor use on trees inside. And Christmas tree lights should be switched off overnight. Authorities also say you should buy fresh trees. They're less flammable. And when needles of the tree start to fall off, it means the trees are drying and they should probably be thrown out. If you use an artificial tree instead, be sure it's labeled and certified as fire-retardant.  Keep that fire extinguisher handy, and check the batteries in your smoke detectors!  Merry Christmas! 


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