MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - With Christmas just around the corner and decorations already decking the halls, the Marquette Fire Department is urging residents to decorate safely.
Every year, 180 fires break out nationally because of Christmas-related decorations, causing about $12 million in damage.
The Marquette Fire Department says keeping real trees well-watered is critical for preventing fires and even fake trees need to be checked over for faulty electrical wiring.
"When it comes down to cooking there are always big meals and family get-togethers around this time and make sure that you don't leave your food unattended," said Pete Windsor, Firefighter and Paramedic with the Marquette Fire Department. "Make sure everything is checked over before you use it and before bed and before you leave the house, make sure your electrical decorations and everything is unplugged and undone."
The Marquette Fire Department also says any heat sources like candles should be kept away from any type of Christmas decorations.