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Only You Can Prevent Christmas Tree Fires
Excerpted from "A Year of Health Hints"
365 Practical Ways to Feel Better and Live Longer

Every Christmas season, many families tragically lose their homes because of Christmas tree fires. Here's how to prevent them.

To choose a tree:

Pick the freshest tree you can find. Hold the tree by the trunk and tap it against the ground. If
needles drop profusely, look for another tree.
Keep the tree outdoors with the trunk in water as long as possible. Once you bring the tree into
a heated building, it will dry out more quickly.
Indoors, keep the trunk in water. Check the water level daily, and refill when needed.
Don't stand the tree near a fireplace, wood stove, heat register, or electrical wires.

To decorate the tree:

Purchase only tree lights bearing a UL label from Underwriters Laboratory, which shows they
meet safety standards.
Check for broken bulbs, worn-out insulation, and damaged sockets. Replace or repair as
Never attach electrical lights to an artificial, metal tree. Don't overload extension cords.
Discourage children from touching a decorated tree--it may tip over.
To discourage pets from attacking the tree, avoid shiny decorations, and don't place tinsel or
ornaments on the lower branches.

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