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Fire Marshall Warning Hoosiers Of Holiday Fire Hazards

Last updated on Tuesday, December 1, 2009

(UNDATED) - With Thanksgiving done and gone, it’s time to decorate for the holidays.

State Fire Marshall Jim Greeson says a little common sense can help keep your family and your belongings safe from fire hazards.

Candles are very popular this time of year, but Greeson says you should only use them of someone is going to be awake and in the room, keep them away from children and pets, and place them on a tray or something non flammable that can collect any drippings that may occur.

Greeson says several electric non-burning alternatives are now available that can be a good alternative to flaming candles.

The State Fire Marshall also encourages people to be aware of good Christmas tree safety to prevent tragedy including making a fresh cut in a live tree, keeping it watered, and removing the tree if the needles get dry and brittle and fall away easily.

Greeson says the newer LED lights are a good alternative to traditional lights because they burn a lot cooler and is less energy.

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