Check it twice! Holiday fire safety list

People who see the 'burning tree' demonstration are stunned at how quickly --and explosively--a dry Christmas tree burns.

The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) has these tips to stay safe when you decorate up and celebrate the holidays:{>}If you have a live tree, keep it watered. When it dries out, take it down.{>}Put decorations up, away from candles or hot lights--they could melt or burn{>}Make sure candles are not near anything that could catch fire (drapes, decorations){>}Holiday lights: wires should be in good condition. If frayed, discard the string. Do not overload plugs with multiple strings!{>}Chimneys: If you're using a fireplace, make sure the chimney's been cleaned -- professionally--recently.{>}Cooking: Don't let pots & pans cook on stoves unattended--burned down food can start fires, too!

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