christmas tree inside 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (12/12/13) — Families everywhere are picking out the perfect Christmas tree to put presents under this holiday season. However, there are certain things to remember when doing so. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments respond to about 210 fires caused by Christmas trees every year.

The National Fire Protection Association offered the following tips on how to decorate a Christmas tree this year in a way to make the holiday safer.

• When picking a tree, choose one with fresh green needles that do not fall off when touched. If it's an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.

• Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, is not blocking an exit, and that water is added to the tree stand daily.

• Use lights that have an independent testing laboratory label and always turn Christmas lights off when you leave your house or go to bed.

• After Christmas, get rid of real trees, when it starts to dry out and the needles begin to drop.

For more information or safety tips, visit www.nfpa.org.

Bonnie Dailey
SurfKy News Reporter

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Most Read This Week

July 02, 2015 15232

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 7746

Police: Stand Off Suspect in Critical Condition

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 29, 2015 4544

Accused Synthetic Marijuana Traffickers Appear in…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 03, 2015 3733

KMA Reminds Motorists of New Kentucky Red Light…

by David Holt
June 30, 2015 3611

Earlington Man Faces Multiple Charges after…

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

June 24, 2015 45736

Western Kentucky, Southern Indiana's Largest…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 02, 2015 15232

Emergency Response Team on Scene of Standoff on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

July 05, 2015 1400

More Dental Patients Using ER in Kentucky

by Al Cross
July 05, 2015 1347

Hopkins County Traffic Advisory

by Keith Todd
July 05, 2015 1060

4th Fest Ends with ‘a Bang’ of Music, Fireworks

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 04, 2015 998

Recycling Equals Fun During iRecycling Regatta

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 05, 2015 718

Study: One Dose of HPV Vaccine Effective

by Melissa Patrick
July 05, 2015 710

Legislator's Log - Week of July 5, 2015

by Brent Yonts
July 05, 2015 665

July 4 Saturday on the Square Features Patriotic…

by Mike Groves, SurfKY News
July 05, 2015 631

Hopkins Ham Radio Operators Link to World

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
July 05, 2015 538

Mementos at Traveling Wall to be Collected by…

by Lisa Aug