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    USFA issues Christmas decor decorating fire safety tips

    December 4, 2012

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    Emmitsburg, MD – Electric lights, candles and Christmas trees can present a fire risk, warns the U.S. Fire Administration.

    To prevent fires in your home this holiday season, USFA recommends the following:

    • Do not leave a real Christmas tree up longer than two weeks.
    • Place the tree away from heat sources.
    • Keep the real tree stand filled with water at all times.
    • Use only non-flammable decorations.
    • Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions say it is safe to do so.
    • Avoid using lit candles; consider battery-operated flameless candles instead.
    • Ensure the tree and holiday decorations do not block exits.

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