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Five tips to prevent fires this holiday season

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It's that time again. People are starting to hang lights and put up the Christmas tree. Before you start, Home Depot's Scott Krueger has five simple tips to keep your home safe from fire.

1. Keep your tree hydrated.  Keeping your tree hydrated helps minimized the chance of a fire.  It might help to get a long funnel to make it easier to get water to your tree. The harder it is to get to the water tray, the less likely it is to be refilled.

2. Skip the candles. Candles might look and smell pretty, but with all the plants and presents around it might be better to skip them for the holidays. You can use battery operated LED tea candles or votive candles. They can give off a strong light and flicker like real candles.

3. Basic Fire Safety. Keep a working fire detector near your Christmas tree. Don't place it right above or in the tree. They go up so fast; the detector might not work in time. Make sure the batteries are functioning. Keep a fire extinguisher near your Christmas tree just in case.

4. Remember to turn off lights. You can get a timer to turn your Christmas lights off when you go to bed or leave the house. You can also get an extension cord with a foot switch so you don't have crawl on the floor to unplug the lights.

5. Use the correct extension cords. Use green extension cords when putting up lights outside. The old orange extension cords are not as safe. Remember, you don't want to connect several extension cords at once. That's one of the leading causes of fire.

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