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Christmas tree safety

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It’s a must-have item that you won’t find in a store or at the mall, a real Christmas tree.

Tom Kluck, owner of Kluck’s Nursery said people buy real trees for the experience that comes with finding, picking, and chopping down that perfect tree.

"A lot of people enjoy the experience as much maybe as the tree. We offer wagon rides on the weekends and concessions and a bonfire," said Kluck.

When you take a real tree in to your house, you are bringing in nature. And if not cared for properly, a Christmas tree can become a fire hazard.

"The key is the water initially. The first four, five or six nights’ days is when it takes the most water.

Kluck said keeping the three watered is all he advises his customers to do, and to keep the tree away from heat vents.

Other than that, he said real Christmas tress won’t have any problems, even after you put the lights on.

 "Yea that really doesn’t effect the tree. We've been selling trees for about 80 years now and across the country, there's very few incidents."

And those like Jeff Hagerl who enjoy real Christmas trees work hard to remember those safety rules.

"Keep it wet, and you want to keep the room not to dry."

According to the U.S. government, more than 200 house fires are Christmas tree related every year, causing more than $16.2 million in damage.

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