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By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

January 3, 2017 (San Diego) -- As the holidays come to a close, fire safety is just as important as at any other time of year. And the risks with dry Christmas trees are greater than ever.

Christmas trees dried out early due to low humidity and winds prior to Christmas. That’s why it’s important to safely remove that dried out Christmas Tree - now!.

A dead tree left in your home is a significant threat. Don’t let these holidays get ruined by a Christmas Tree Fire.

And don’t forget, other fire dangers lurk at this time of year with colder temperatures upon us. Be careful to properly keep flammable items away from any source of fire or heat – including space heaters. Install and rely on a properly operating CO alarm, and start the year off right with properly fitted smoke alarms.

Happy New Year, make it a safe one!