BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Did you know that one in four Christmas tree fires start because the tree is too close to a heat source?

The Baltimore County Fire Department is sharing fire safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe during the holidays.

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Fire officials say Christmas trees should be at least 3 feet away from a heat source. You should also water natural Christmas trees daily to prevent it from becoming too dry.

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Here are some other fire safety tips:

  • Only use non-flammable or flame-retardant decorations.
  • Check holiday lights for frayed wires and do not link more than three strands.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles.

For more information on holiday fire safety, click here.

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Written By WJZ Apprentice Ju’waun Morgan