Christmas tree fire safety

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The Rhode Island Fire Association of Fire Chiefs is reminding everyone to be “fire smart.”

Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious in nature according to the National Fire Protection Association.

NFPA numbers show that 1 in every 4 tree fires are due to trees being placed too close to a heating source.
This goes for not only Christmas trees but also for other holiday decorations.

Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant and make sure to keep decorations away from heat sources.

Also, make sure to check your smoke alarms and do not block exit ways during holiday gatherings.

Make sure your guests are aware of your home fire escape plan.

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