Massachusetts Fire Marshal Offers Tips to Avoid Christmas Tree Fires

December 8, 2014

Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan says fires caused by Christmas trees are not common but can be extremely dangerous when they occur.

Coan has issued a series of safety tips to avoid fires during the holiday season.

He says Christmas trees should be watered daily, kept away from heat sources, and disposed of quickly after the holiday.

For those who haven’t picked out a tree yet, Coan suggests buying a cut tree that’s as fresh as possible. If needles break off before bending in half, the tree is probably too dry.

Consumers should also follow manufacturer’s directions when installing electric holiday lights.

Coan says there were two Christmas tree fires in Massachusetts last year. He added, however, that national statistics show house fires caused by Christmas trees are more likely to result in deaths than those from other causes.

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