Preventing house fires this holiday season

The Burlington Township Fire Department is encouraging residents to follow these fire prevention tips

The Burlington Township Fire Department has encouraged residents to follow the U.S. Fire Administration’s following tips for preventing holiday fires.

•Read manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.

•Avoid heat sources too close to a Christmas tree. This causes 25 percent of holiday fires.

•Be careful with handles. Two out of every five home decoration fires are started by candles. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that burns.

•Get rid of your tree after the holidays or when it is dry.

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