Tips to reduce your risk of a house fire this holiday season

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A Christmas tree lightens up a home with the holiday spirit. Unfortunately, a tree can also increase the risk of a house fire.

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A Christmas tree brightens a home with the holiday spirit. Unfortunately, a tree can also increase the risk of a house fire.

More than one of every four house fire starts because the Christmas tree is too close to a heat source.

Here are some tips to reduce the danger of your tree starting a fire from the U.S. Fire Administration:

  • Place tree at least three feet away from a fireplace, radiators, candles or anything else with a spark.
  • Turn off tree lights before leaving the home or going to bed.
  • Don’t link more than three strands of holiday lights.
  • Only use decorations that are not flammable.
  • Water your Christmas tree every day to keep it from becoming dry.

In addition to dry trees, home candles can increase the risk of a home fire.

According to U.S. Fire, “The top three days of the year for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve.” Experts recommend keeping candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns.

Following these tips will help to ensure a safe holiday for your family.

Below is a short video that shares more tips on holiday fire safety.

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