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ONLINE DOCUMENT: TIPS TO MAKE YOUR YULE TREE HOLIDAY-FRIENDLY

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Tips for safe handling of Christmas trees:

- Buy a fresh tree that smells of pine and has needles that are difficult to pull from branches.- Keep the tree outside with the trunk in water, wet dirt or sand until it is ready for use.

- Cut two inches from the tree bottom and mount it in a sturdy, water-holding stand with widespread legs.

- Keep water in the stand while the tree is inside.

- Keep the tree away from fireplaces, radiators, stoves or other sources of heat.

- Keep the tree away from room exits or pathways.

- Discard the tree when needles start to fall.

- If an artificial tree is used, buy one tested and labeled as fire resistant.

- If electric light strings are used to decorate the tree, use only those that show the mark of Underwriters Laboratories. Check each set for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Discard any set that is worn or damaged.

- Turn off all lights and decorations when you leave the house.

- Do not put lighted candles on a tree or near any flammable materials.

- Do not put breakable tree ornaments or those with small detachable parts on lower branches where children can reach them.

- Keep mistletoe, holly berries and holiday plants away from small children and pets.