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Monrovia Fire Department: Christmas Tree Safety

Monrovia Fire Department reports that Christmas trees cause "a surprisingly low number of fires," but those fires cause a surprisingly high number of fatalities, about one in every 18 fires. So, tips on having a safe Christmas tree:

- Use a fire-retardant tree. Check that artificial trees are certified fire-retardant and that cut trees are fresh and adequately watered.
- Make sure lights are in good condition and used properly.
- Keep the tree away from heat sources.
- Don't let the tree or other decorations block exits.
- Brad Haugaard

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