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Christmas trees can turn dangerous without proper care

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Without proper care, Christmas trees can go from decorative to dangerous in seconds. Without proper care, Christmas trees can go from decorative to dangerous in seconds.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Christmas trees -- an essential part of the holiday season for many, but when they aren't taken care of properly they can go from decorative to dangerous in no time.

"It's literally seconds," says Spokane Asst. Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer, "and seconds are critical for the successful escape of the people that are home."

After trees are cut, it doesn't take long for them to dry out. The Spokane Fire Department says every year they put out a warning urging people to maintain their trees hydration by watering them regularly and keeping them away from open flames, heaters, or other combustible sources.

"It can literally go from normal to catastrophic just within seconds," says Schaeffer. "Unfortunately we do see it a few times during the season. We would like to never see it."

It also helps to make sure the lights you are using on your tree are UL (Underwriter Laboratories) compliant, which means they are tested and safe.

Schaeffer tells us the fire department has responded to many calls that if more caution was taken could have been avoided.

"We've had fires that had been the result of a child knocking over a chair that turned over a candle, pets, wind, you name it. It's happened. So if you could just eliminate that from your home this Christmas, you could potentially save lives."

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