Fire department offers Christmas tree safety tips |

Fire department offers Christmas tree safety tips

The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department wishes all residents a fun and safe holiday season and offers the following tree-safety tips:

• Select a fresh tree with good color and firm, flexible needles that do not easily pull from the branches.

• Place the tree in plain water immediately after re-cutting the trunk at least a half-inch above the old cut.

• The container you use for your tree should hold 2 to 4 quarts of water. The longer you wait to place your tree in water, the greater the chances are that it will lose the required moisture content to keep it fresh through the holiday season. Never place your tree on a wooden stand.

• Locate the tree away from sources of heat. Avoid placing the tree near heaters, direct sunlight, wood stoves, fireplaces and large appliances such as TVs.

• Be careful not to block a door or other exit with the tree or rearranged furniture.

• Use mini-lights on your tree and never place candles on or near your tree.

• Remove your Christmas tree as soon as possible after the holiday.

• Never burn your Christmas tree or wrapping paper in the fireplace. The rapid burning and excessive heat can damage the firebox and chimney, creating a serious fire hazard.

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