Safety tips on freshly cut Christmas tree

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Having a fresh cut Christmas tree can give your home a holiday feel, but they can be hazardous as well.

Taking proper precautions could make your holiday season a safe one.

The U.S. Fire Administration says there are 250 fires a year as a result of Christmas trees, causing 14 deaths and millions of dollars in damages.

If you chose to have a freshly cut tree, it is important to keep watered at the base.  This keeps the tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.

Experts also say that LED lights are safer than older style lights.  These lights don't use as much electricity and don't get as hot as old type of bulbs.  

Another tip when buying a tree is to run your hand over the needles.  If they fall out or are brown, you should move on to another tree to make sure it will remain fresh all season long.

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