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Burn demo shows the dangers of flames and Christmas trees

SASKATOON – Christmas often means decorations, baking and entertaining. It also brings an increased risk of fires.

Real Christmas trees, candles, fireplaces and space heaters all pose possible dangers during the holidays.

To show how quickly a devastating fire can start, the Saskatoon Fire Department held a live burn demonstration of a natural Christmas tree.

Within a minute, the mock living room was engulfed in flames.

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Officials say trees should be placed at least three feet from heat sources and decoration tree lighting should be approved by the Canadian Standards Association.

“This is a time for family, and if we take these little hints, we can have a tremendously joyous time during the year and avoid tragedy,” said Duane McKay, commissioner of emergency management and fire safety for Saskatchewan.

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Officials also pointed out that it’s important to test smoke alarms and have a planned escape route in case of a fire.

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