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Keep an eye on your Christmas tree post-holiday

You may have to get rid of your Christmas tree just as quickly as Santa delivered the presents sitting under it hours prior. Trees not cared for adequately leading up to Christmas may not be in the best shape moving forward, especially if they stopped soaking up the water in their stand. According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 25 percent of Christmas tree fires result from electrical problems or heat sources being too close to the tree. Gibraltar Fire Chief Andy Bertges says if you find a lot of needles from your Christmas tree next to your presents, it may be time to say goodbye.

Bertges also reminds homeowners to ensure their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly so they can be alerted appropriately in times of danger. He added that they have already had many carbon monoxide-related incidents this winter due to malfunctioning furnaces.

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