Keep safety first during the holidays - treat your Christmas tree with care

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Depending how many books you own, you can create a small tree or a magnificently large one.

- Keep the tree at least 3 feet away from any heat source - a fireplace, stove, radiator or candle.

Madison firefighters demonstrated exactly why you need to stay on top of that with an exercise that illustrated the dangers. And of these Christmas tree fires, 1 of every 32 reported blazes resulted in a death.

"We had two burn boxes that we built for the goal of showing that we always have to worry about our Christmas trees if we don't take care of them", said Capt. Michael Sedlacek with Madison Fire and Rescue.

Christmas trees are often grown on soil that wouldn't otherwise be used to grow crops.

"That is awesome. I love Christmas Tree Lane", said Garcia.

The centrally located Clancy's wins for being one of the most convenient Christmas tree lots for San Franciscans. The fire and smoke billowed out of the room and in a matter of moments, the rest of the furniture, rugs, and walls were also ablaze.

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Keep safety first during the holidays - treat your Christmas tree with care

"Our sales went really well and really fast", said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, president of the organization. It all starts with that most traditional of Christmas symbols, the tree.

And that real tree sure smells better than an artificial tree. When you get it home, you want to cut a sliver off, maybe a half inch to inch off the bottom.

Add water to the tree stand, daily. A lot of them take about a gallon so you want to make sure that the tree is fully watered.

Keep the tree well hydrated.

Police say 34-year-old Samuel Antone Johnson was found nearby and allegedly admitted to setting the "Merry Main Christmas Tree" on fire with a book of matches.

"We believe there is no bad choice when it comes to a Christmas tree".

And there are plenty of local tree growers in the Waterloo and Marshall area to choose from, including Riverside Trees and Motl Trees both near Marshall and Unreins Christmas Tree Farm and Tesmer Tree Farm, both near Waterloo. Consequently, a lack of supply that began in 2015 has hit home in 2017 and is expected to linger for two or three more years.

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