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Officials warn of fire dangers during holiday season

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A disturbing and deadly trend across Mid-Michigan as in just the last week, multiple house fires have been reported.

The number of house fires are usually on the rise this time of year. Thats because this time of year, people are trying to heat their homes and decorate them for the holidays.

Both are very common practices, but its what you do or don't do beforehand that could keep your family safe or put them at risk of something tragic.

Saginaw Fire Marshall Ralph Martin says every home should have at least one working smoke detector.

"If you live in Saginaw, the service is free for you," says Martin.

A woman and her pets died in a house fire In Ithaca over the weekend. Officials say the chimney was clogged and that may have played a role in the severity of the blaze.

Martin says before you start a fire in your fire place this season, have your chimney checked by a professional or at the very least take a peek yourself to make sure nothing is causing a blockage.

If you use a space heater, Martin says it should be keep at least three feet from anything that could catch fire.

And when it comes to decorating for the holidays, Martin says don't overload outlets by plugging up too many lights. He suggests using a surge protector instead.

And if you have a live Christmas tree, remember it needs lots of water.

"We used to have a lot of occurrences where fire would occur, it doesn't take much for a tree to dry out. Make sure that those are filled with water daily," says Martin.

If you live in Saginaw and want help from the fire department to install smoke detectors in your home, the number to call at the fire department is 989-759-1393.

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