PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre Fire Department is offering some words of advice for those who are purchasing recently harvested Christmas trees. Ian Paul, Deputy Chief for the PFD says in a press release that there are a few ways to keep your Christmas tree green and your family safe this holiday season. He advises against purchasing a tree that is dry or dropping needles-and instead to look for fresh, green needles. He also says it’s important to avoid stringing your tree with lights that have worn, frayed or broken cords or loose bulb connections and to make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source. In addition, residents should unplug tree lights before leaving home or going to bed. Trees should be safely disposed of when they begin dropping needles, as dried-out trees are highly flammable and should not be left in a house or garage-or temporarily placed against the house.
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