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VIDEO: Christmas trees can go up in flames quickly

Firefighters demonstrate how quickly a brittle Christmas tree can go up in flames. (Source: St. Tammany Parish Fire Dist.) Firefighters demonstrate how quickly a brittle Christmas tree can go up in flames. (Source: St. Tammany Parish Fire Dist.)
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Christmas trees are beautiful, but they can be a recipe for disaster during the holidays.

Friday, the St. Tammany Parish Fire District set fire to a brittle Christmas tree. The holiday scene they designed went up in flames within seconds.

Firefighters say Christmas lights can spark a fire on a dry tree. Be careful how many light strands you connect for fire safety.

Firefighters also recommend installing a smoke detector in the same room as a Christmas tree to give you early warning. If something were to happen, it does not take long for a Christmas tree to burn.

Firefighters encourage you to keep the cut portion of your tree in water to keep branches moist and more resistant to fire.

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