safety-tips-winter-fires-water-your-tree-506x253_cropChristmas trees account for hundreds of fires each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

Keep your holiday trees well-watered.  Dry and neglected trees can easily catch fire from a short in electrical lights or lit candles, lighters and matches.

Before your tree burns your house down, be fire smart with these USFA tips:

·Place the tree away from heat sources and exits.

·Use only non-flammable decorations.

·Inspect lights for frayed wires or other defects before use.

·Don’t leave lights unattended and turn off holiday lights at night. Keep natural tree stands filled with water at all times and don’t let your holiday tree dry out.

·If the tree becomes dry, discard it.

Find extra holiday, Christmas tree and fire safety information, videos, and graphics on the U.S. Fire Administration Holiday Safety page.