Light a Fire in Your Heart, Not Your Home

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In just a few weeks, people will travel miles to be home for the holidays. 
 
And for those of us who celebrate Christmas, the tree is a one of the main centerpieces for a successful holiday season.  
 
Tree farms are busy with families buying trees, but this story is all about what happens once the tree comes home. 
 
The lights on a tree, Christmas ornaments, and gifts surround the Adams family as they enjoy their evening at home. 
 
But with a real tree or artificial trees, the safety concerns are just the same. 
 
“Make sure it’s a flame resistant Christmas tree,” says Lt. Kevin Murphy, Honey Creek Fire Department. “Make sure you don’t overload your outlets, keep it simple.” 
 
“Obviously you want the place to look nice and look festive, but at what cost,” says Kyle Adams. “So you gotta be careful with what you’re doing in your house.” 
 
Adams says that there are safety concerns with everything, but the enjoyment of the holidays is worth the extra precautions. 
 
“I mean, obviously you gotta be careful about what you do,” says Adams. “You know, maybe put the tree, presents under the tree a little later. Or maybe shut the Christmas tree off when you got to bed instead of leaving it on all night. But I still think it is important to have still the, the holiday spirit the loving of the family and everybody over.”  
 
For real trees, the tips are the same, but also the most obvious one is sometime’s the one most forgotten. 
 
“Keep it watered,” says Murphy. “Try to keep it green as long as possible. Those little lights do heat up and as you have those needles start drying out that’s where your fires start.” 
 
A good tip for any family with artificial or real trees too is to wait to put gifts under the tree. 
 
“Packages piled up around the Christmas tree is always enticing to thieves,” says Murphy. “So keep them somewhere else until the day of Christmas.”
 
The Christmas tree farms around Terre Haute still have plenty of trees available.
 
Holiday Hill Tree Farm has a few different species of tree available too, depending on your favorite kind of tree.
 

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