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Christmas tree fires often happen in January. Here are precautions to take.

Roughly 30 percent of Christmas tree fires happen well after Christmas.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. -- Christmas decorations pose fire hazards around the holidays.

Candles, space heaters and trees are just some of what often catches fire during the Christmas season.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrical distribution or lighting equipment is involved in 43 percent of home Christmas tree fires.

One-third of Christmas tree fires begin in January when the trees have dried out.

Fire safety experts recommend using decorations that are flame resistant, keeping candles away from flammable materials, replacing any worn string lights, keeping decorations away from windows and doors, and testing your smoke alarms regularly. They also say parents should keep kids and pets away from lit candles and remember to dispose of their Christmas trees when they start to become drier and more combustible.

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