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How you can keep your house safe as you hang the lights and decorations

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Christmas trees and twinkling lights can always add that extra sparkle during the Christmas season, but the Eau Claire Fire Department is reminding the public about safety hazards that can come with the tinsel and blinking bulbs.

In fact, Eau Claire Fire Department Captain, Tony Biasi, told News 18 that real Christmas trees can light an entire room on fire within a matter of seconds if it's dry.

Real trees should be watered every day so they don't become a fire hazard. Biasi also said, you should make sure you're using the right lights inside and outside of your home.

"We want to make sure that with our holiday decorations that we use the manufacturers recommendations," he said. "So, don't use lights that maybe have too much wattage and get too hot. You want to make sure you follow those rules."

Keeping your lights plugged in for shorter periods of time can also help prevent flames. Biasi said a good rule of thumb is to unplug your lights when you're not home and before you go to bed at night.

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If you drive past the fire station on Dewey Street, you may notice the department's annual green Christmas wreath hanging on the front of the building.

The Eau Claire Fire Department wants to make sure that wreath, keeps it's green lights this year through their "Keep the Wreath Green" campaign.

The fire department changes one of the green lights, to a red light every time they are called to a fire over the holiday season.

The long-standing tradition for the fire department starts on Thanksgiving every year and goes through the New Years.

So far in 2017, the fire department has only had to change one light into a red bulb.

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