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Be smart as you deck the halls

​Is your tree looking festive, all decked out in twinkling lights?

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart and follow​ these simple tips​. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

  • Never use lit candles on or near the tree.
  • Always turn off lights on the tree when leaving home or going to bed.
  • Make sure your tree is watered.

Keep it safe in the kitchen this holiday season

Fire Prevention Week infographicFires peak in Minnesota as we enter the holidays and many of those fires are cooking related.  

Last year, nine people died in fires between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve in Minnesota. 

Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Jim Smith shares some simple tips in this video that will help you keep your family safe this holiday season. More cooking tips ​are on this website under the "for families" tab above. 

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