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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A timely reminder from Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue for anyone who has a live Christmas tree in their home.

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On Wednesday, they demonstrated how easy it is for a live tree to catch fire if it is not kept properly hydrated.

Officials say every year fire departments respond to an average of 200 house fires that began with a Christmas tree that was too dry.

So, remember to water your trees, folks.


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Experts also say you should discard any light strands that have broken bulbs or frayed wires that could spark a fire.

The packaging should indicate that they are UL certified and, if you have upgraded to newer technology, don’t be complacent.

One last piece of advice applies to any season.

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Make sure smoke alarms are in place on every floor and make sure they are working.