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Christmas Tree Selection and Maintenance Important To Avoid House Fires

Last updated on Friday, December 13, 2013

(UNDATED) - The Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office is encouraging everyone to select and maintain their Christmas tree carefully to reduce the risk of fire.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, one in every six Christmas tree fires are caused by a heating source that is too close. What could start as a small fire, can grow large very quickly with a Christmas tree.

"For a great number of Hoosiers, selecting and decorating a Christmas tree is an annual holiday tradition," says Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson. "Families can help keep this a joyful tradition every year by making sure their Christmas tree is carefully selected and properly cared for to reduce any fire risks."

Fire Marshal Greeson wants Hoosiers to keep in mind these fire safety tips when picking out and maintaining your tree:

Christmas Tree Maintenance

Tree Lights and Decorations

For more Christmas and holiday decorating and safety tips, visit GetPrepared.IN.gov.

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