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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 http://www.nfpa.org.
The State Fire Marshal's staff is part of the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.