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12/24/02

Christmas Tree Fires Spark Concern

Although the Christmas tree is the focal point of all your holiday decor, remember that it can also be the most dangerous.

Most will agree Christmas morning loses a little luster without a Christmas tree. But the tree could take the luster completely out of your holidays, in a matter of seconds, if you're not careful. Every year, trees account for an average of 400 fires in the U.S., and more than 10 of those fires are deadly.

Here are some safety tips:

  • Replace your tree lights every two to three years.
  • Never staple lights around windows.
  • Never plug more than three strands of lights into the same outlet.
  • Most artificial trees are flame retardant, but some aren't, so be careful whether you have a live or fake tree.
  • Make sure you have working smoke detectors. Batteries should be replaced twice a year.
  • Make sure you have working fire extinguishers. A fire extinguisher should be replaced every two to three years.
  • Water natural trees every day.
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