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Christmas tree safety

> one in every 32 christmas tree fires results in death.

The pasco fire department has some safety tips residents should keep in mind to have a safe holiday.

Kapp/kvew's kaitlin knapp has the story.

(ben shearer/pasco fire department "either a real tree or a fake tree, it's the danger.

It's that making sure your house is safe to begin with.") with the holiday season, there are greater risks for fire.

Especially when it comes to your christmas tree.(ben shearer/pasco fire department "one of the things you're going to see on this fire once it gets going is that it grows even faster than a normal house fire.") with presents wrapped and the tree decorated, it was time to light it up.

(ben shearer/pasco fire department "whether it's that candle that falls into your presents or whether that space heater gets knocked into it whether it's that light that shorts out in it and starts burning it.") so what can you do to keep your family and home safe?(ben shearer/pasco fire department "making sure those working smoke alarms are in your home.

That is your early warning device to make sure that you are warned just in case there is an emergency in your home.

"keeping that water on that tree all day long is a good thing."

Shearer says if you get a real tree, choose one where the needles don't fall when you touch it.

(ben shearer/pasco fire department "making sure you keep heat sources away from it.

Making sure the electrical is staying away."

According to the national fire protection association, one of every four house christmas tree fires is caused by an electrical problem.

Also, think about where you're going to put your tree.

Avoid having it near your front door.

(ben shearer/pasco fire department "if that tree is on fire, that's your escape route so you need to be thinking about a different way out.") shearer says there are risks with not only a real tree, but a fake one as well.

(ben shearer/pasco fire department "artificial trees are made out of a lot of plastic so once it gets going, there will be a lot more black arid type smoke."

And if you're leaving your home, always make sure you turn off your tree lights.(ben shearer/pasco fire department "it doesn't matter whether you're using a fresh tree or a live tree, it's about keeping those fires from starting to begin with.

We want to make sure that your house is always safe.") in pasco, kaitlin knapp, kapp/kvew local news./// knapp, kapp/kvew local news./// 3

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