MCFR has tips for Christmas tree safety


If your winter holiday tradition includes a real Christmas tree, the crew at Miles City Fire and Rescue (MCFR) suggests you need to be aware of the fire risks. If a real tree catches on fire, the fire can spread very quickly. 

When decorating with a live tree, individuals need to consider the following tips, according to a news release from MCFR.

— Choose the freshest tree you can find. Check the needles. They should feel soft, not brittle and stay on the limb when you gently pull on the branch.

— After making a fresh cut on the trunk and placing the tree in a stand, fill the stand’s water basin. Water your tree every day.

— Keep electrical cords away from the water in the tree stand.
— Place your tree at least three feet from heat registers, space heaters and fireplaces.