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Christmas Tree Safety
Natural Trees should be cut at a 45 degree angle at the base and placed in water.
Place tree away from sources of heat.
Use only nonflammable decorations.
Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory.
Inspect lights for frayed wire or other defects before use.
Do not leave lights on unattended.
When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly.

SOURCE: U.S. Fire Administration.