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Fairfield Fire Marshal Gives Holiday Safety Tips

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Christmas trees are a big part of the holiday season, but they can become dangerous if you don’t take a few precautions. The Fairfield Fire Marshal’s office offered the following safety tips for your holiday decorations:

? If you put up a natural Christmas tree, make sure it’s healthy and taking on water. When you get it home, saw off a portion of the base above the original cut. Also make sure there is not a sticky seal of sap on the base, which would block water.

? Once it’s up, make sure to water it every day. Trees can use up between two pints to 1½ gallons of water a day, depending on size.

? Keep your tree in a sturdy stand that is wide enough to support it. Use guy wires if necessary to prevent the tree from tipping over.

? All trees and decorations should be a safe distance from sources of heat such as heaters, fireplaces, stoves and candles. Never decorate a tree with lighted candles.

? Don’t overload your power outlets, and make sure wiring is intact before placing it near the tree. Use multi-outlet power strips, not extension cords, for displays that need more than one outlet.

? Remember to turn off all electrical displays, or even disconnect them, when leaving the house or going to sleep.

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