Christmas tree fire safety

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - With many people starting to put up their Christmas trees for the holidays, it’s important to know how to keep your tree from catching fire.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2011 and 2015, there have been about 200 house fires caused by a Christmas tree per year. If you have a real tree, you need to water it regularly and keep it at least three feet away from any heat source.

“Trees are safer, they’re made now out of a type of thing that’s not easily burnt. But all of the real Christmas trees, they have to be kept watered, or when they get dry, they are very easily to catch fire.” says Jason Collier, the Fire Marshal for the city of Meridian.

The NFPA also advises people to not leave Christmas tree lights on while no one is home and when you go to bed.

For a full list of safety measures, you can check out this link to the NFPA: http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Winter-holiday-safety/Christmas-tree-fires