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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A live Christmas tree festively adorned with lights and ornaments can be a delight. It can also be a fire hazard if not properly taken care of.

“Keep your natural Christmas tree well-watered at all times because a hydrated tree means fewer chances for your tree to ignite and start a fire. Place your tree away from any exit and make sure it also three feet away from any type of heat source,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Erika Benitez.

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Other safety tips include checking all electrical decorations for damage and not overloading extension cords by plugging in too many decorations.

Never use lit candles to decorate Christmas trees.

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Be sure to turn off the tree lights if you go out and before you go to bed.

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Dispose of your tree safely right after the holiday is over before it dries out and becomes a fire hazard. Team