The Christmas season wouldn't seem complete without the customary outdoor lights and decorated trees and candles, but these holiday traditions can pose danger if proper care isn't taken, according to area firefighters.
While live Christmas trees can smell great and be festive, they pose a particular risk because they can easily dry out and catch fire, said Alan Matheny, spokesman for the Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway.
"Regular watering is a must," he said.
He recommends those with trees take special precautions by never using lighted candles on a tree and keeping trees away from heating sources and television sets.
Fresh-tree buyers may not realize that some trees sold in Washington County have been shipped here from the Midwest and may have been cut last month, said Captain Jay Brandenburg of the Boonsboro Fire Department.