Local firefighters offer several Christmas tree safety tips

Local firefighters said they respond to Christmas tree related fires every year.

Posted: Nov 26, 2017 7:15 PM
Updated: Nov 26, 2017 7:31 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Many people made the trip to a Christmas tree farm this weekend to start decorating for the holidays. Before you start layering on the lights and ornaments, local firefighters said there are some key things you need to watch for to prevent a house fire.

They said to make sure you pick out a fresh tree that doesn't have too many dead needles on it. When you take it home, Lt. Tressa Miller with Lane Fire Authority said to cut the bottom of the tree trunk before placing it into a bowl of water.

She said to make sure to keep that bowl full of water throughout December, so your tree doesn't dry out and become more flammable.

"We like to keep our homes warm. The Christmas tree isn't used to that. It's used to being outside and it's got the natural Oregon moisture falling on it all the time, so it needs to have some moisture. Make sure you water it. The last thing you want to do is wake up one morning and or one evening to your Christmas tree on fire and it ruins Christmas, nothing worse than that," said Lt. Tressa Miller.

She said don't overload your circuit with lights and if any of the wires are frayed throw them away. She also said to be careful of where you place the cords so they don't become a tripping hazard.

Another big tip, Miller said to keep the space heaters away from your tree.

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