Preventing house fires this holiday season: what to know when bringing home a real Christmas tree

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Many residents around the Interior are preparing for Christmas - celebrating the holiday with a real tree in their home or business.
Kaillee Sworts with the Fairbanks Fire Department said that when decorating a non-artificial tree, any tinsel or plastics being used should be fire resistant.
When putting lights on the tree, look for any abrasions, wires poking out, or broken bulbs - if that's the case, the string should be discarded.
But one of the most important things according to Sworts is to water the tree daily because a dry tree can be a serious hazard.
“Before you put it in the base, try to take off about two inches from the bottom that way water will freely flow into the tree. Make sure you water it daily, they take a lot of water especially in dry houses. A dry tree is a real hazard," she said.
Sworts also warned that cooking fires are one of the most common fire calls during the holidays. She added that a good trick to remember is to carry an oven mitt with you any time the oven is on.