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Keep your Christmas tree from catching fire

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The lights, the tree and all the trimmings are part of what makes the holidays brighter, but they can also be a safety hazard.

"You wanna make sure that you keep that tree watered daily. When you have a heater in the home, that tends to dry that tree out. Once the tree is dry, it becomes very, very flammable," explained Henry Williams, with Tampa Fire-Rescue.

Christmas trees go up in flames within seconds, and lights can also spark a big danger.

"Manufacturer recommendation is no more than three strands plugged into each other," said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesperson Nicole Ravette. "When you overload an outlet, it causes an outlet to arc."

Once you string those lights, be careful with hanging them, especially in high areas.

"Anytime you go to climb a ladder, the first step you want to do is to make sure you have that ladder on an even plane. You want to make sure that the ladder has four points of contact. You want to make sure that the feet are evenly spaced on the ground. You want to make sure that there's two solid points of contact to the roof line," Williams said.

Just one more way to keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season.

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