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Christmas Decoration Can Become a Potential Fire Hazard

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Tri-Cities, Wash.-- Christmas trees and decorations can become dangerous inside the home if they're not taken care of properly.

Firefighters say holiday decorations can create a potential fire hazard in and outside the home. They say once Christmas trees start getting dry toward the New Year it is better to take them outside and away from any heat sources.

Christmas candles and electrical lights tend to be the most common things to ignite fires during the holiday season. And there are many other things most people don't even think about.

"Just got be really careful with all the things that come with the holidays," said James Hempstead, of the Richland Fire Department. "If it's Christmas trees, if it's wrapping paper, if it's candles or dealing with Christmas lights, not only outside the house but inside the house"

And also inside the house firefighters suggest to dispose of any wrapping paper lying around from all those Christmas gifts. When taking down Christmas lights they want to remind everyone to think of safety first to avoid any risk of harm.