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Take precautions with your Christmas tree

State fire marshal offers fire safety tips

11/28/2007 - FRANKFORT — For many Kentucky families, nothing sets the mood for a joyous holiday season more than a Christmas tree. Taking basic precautions in decorating will ensure that tree doesn't pose a fire hazard. "Christmas trees cause about 200 house fires a year around the United States," said State Fire Marshal Rodney Raby. "Fires occur with both natural and artificial trees. But taking a few basic steps can ensure that your Christmas tree provides a safe and cheery atmosphere for this special occasion."

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers these safety tips:

When decorating your tree, use only lights inspected and labeled by an independent testing laboratory. Lights labeled for outdoor use only should not be used on an indoor tree.

Unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

Never use lighted candles on a tree.

Be sure a live tree is fresh when bought; water it often.

Make sure an artificial tree is flame-retardant.

Keep inquisitive children away from wiring and lights.

Keep the tree at least three feet away from a heat source, like a fireplace.

More information and tips are available at

The State Fire Marshal's staff is part of the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.

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