Kentucky's Fire Marshal is warning residents of the state to take steps to keep their homes safe for the holidays. Across the nation, about 230 home fires are caused each year by blazes related to decorated trees.
State Fire Marshal Bill Swope says about one-third of the Christmas tree fires that occur are caused by electrical problems, so its very important to use only lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory, and to turn off the decorative lighting before leaving home or going to bed.
Swope says natural Christmas trees need to be watered daily, and when needles start to drop off the tree, its time to get rid of it. Trees should also be placed at least three feet away from any heat source.
Cooking fires are also more likely during the holiday season, and the State Fire Marshal says its very important to stay in the kitchen while cooking, and to keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove top.