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      Don't let your holiday go up in flames

      'Tis the holiday season and many of you will be putting up your Christmas tree ... if you haven't already.

      The Quincy Fire Department has pamphlets to go along with every live tree sold.

      While live trees add beauty to the season, make sure you care for your tree so your family doesn't become a statistic.

      According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 250 home structure fires each year that involve Christmas trees.

      Live trees don't cause fires, but they can catch fire because of electrical problems, candles, or being too close to a heat source.

      Quincy Firefighter Michael Dade says people just do things that they've always traditionally done with out thinking about it.

      "Every year it never fails, just because of the time of the year. We always end up with some type of tragedy that kind of reminds us all that we need to take those extra precautions to make sure the holidays are a good happy time," Dade said.

      Natural trees should be cut at a 45 degree angle at the base and placed in water. When the tree becomes dry, discard it immediately.

      Also, only use non-flammable decorations and lighting that has been evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL.) If you have to leave, make sure you turn the lights off. Never leave them on unattended.