Take Precaution When Decorating this Holiday Season

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From the tree farm to your living room, it's that time of their year when you begin to deck the halls for the holidays.

And with fire departments across the United States responding to an estimated average of 970 home structure fires caused by holiday decorations and Christmas trees each year, it's important you take the proper steps to protect your family this holiday season.

The National Fire Protection Association says a small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large in a matter of minutes especially if your tree is dry.

When picking a tree make sure it has fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched, and once it's home, make sure to water it daily.

Check your string lights before placing them on the tree and replace any worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.

Keep candles or space heaters at least three feet away from the tree, holiday decorations, or any other flammable objects.

And always turn off lights and blow out any candles before leaving a room.

For more holiday fire safety tips, visit nfpa.org.

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