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Safety tips to help prevent Christmas tree fires this holiday season

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REDDING, Calif. - According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S., fire departments responded to around 200 house fires caused by Christmas trees between 2011 and 2015.

Things like making sure your Christmas tree has water daily, making sure to replace any Christmas tree lights that are worn out, replacing broken cords, and fixing loose bulbs can prevent your home from becoming part of that statistic.

Shasta College Agriculture Program Coordinator Trena Kimler-Richard said there are also important things to look for in a tree when you first see it like whether or not it is holding its needles and seeing whether the trunk has needles on it.

Kimler-Richard added, if your tree is beginning to drop a lot of needles or feels dry, you're better off getting the tree out of your home before something like a fire happens. Also, be sure to turn off the lights on your tree when you are not home.

You can find more tips on how to keep your home safe this holiday season by clicking here.

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