Holiday tragedy: Are Christmas trees a fire hazard? Tips to keep your home safe this holiday

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 03: A man ties a tree he cut down onto the roof of his car to transport it home at Triple A Christmas Tree Farm in Luddenham on December 3, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Visitors can select and cut their own Christmas tree to take home. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Watering a tree regularly can keep a small fire from spreading.  In a demonstration by the East Baton Rouge Fire Department, The St. George Fire Department and the Red Cross Monday, , a dry tree quickly became engulfed in flames while the watered tree barely caught fire under the same conditions. The demonstration was held at the Carrol L. Herring Fire and Emergency Training Institute. In addition to watering, safety officials offered these tips to help prevent a holiday tragedy:

1) Be sure to check your Christmas lights for broken or cracked sockets.

2) Be sure not to place candles on unstable surfaces.

3) Always test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors regularly.

4) Keep your Christmas tree far away from any heat source.

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