Your holiday decorations could be a fire hazard

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore — While it’s easy to get caught up in the holidays, it’s important to realize your decorations could be a fire hazard.

Buying pre-cut trees or cutting them down yourself, takes the water supply away from the tree, allowing them to dry up, making them a fire hazard.

Rural Metro Fire says, a tree typically has four weeks after being bought, before it’s a hazard. It says the earlier you get your tree, the worse it could be.

“So you’re getting very little time out of your Christmas tree, when you start by putting it up really early, you may not even make it to Christmas before that tree is a ticking time bomb.”

Rural Metro Fire says that putting water under your tree, may help slow the drying process, but it will not prevent it.

It also says that using old Christmas lights can pose a big hazard, and remember to turn off all that holiday decor, when you go to bed or leave the house.

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Jenna King is the 6pm and 11pm anchor for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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