Mary Alice Reporting: (Tuscarawas County, Ohio) Firefighters are asking those with real holiday decorations up past the first of the year to remember a few tips.

The National Fire Protection Association points out that about 33% of U.S. home fires in January are attributed to trees.

New Philadelphia Fire Department Captain Wes Tucke notes that real Christmas trees are extremely combustible and the risk increases the longer they are left inside the home.

“Any live greens that you’ve used, it’s all really dry this time of year, and the sooner you get it out of your house the better. People have had them in their house, some right after Thanksgiving. The sap has dried up on the bottom of those trunks and they’re not getting water anymore so they are definitely a fire hazard.”

City residents can dispose of real trees by placing them at the curb or if possible, in the woods.

Captain Tucke asks those with electrical decorations to check that the wires have not been damaged or exposed.

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