O-Christ­mas tree how fast can you burn?

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Ac­cord­ing to leg­end, the Christ­mas tree was first in­tro­duced to Canada long be­fore Con­fed­er­a­tion, in 1781. This first tree, dec­o­rated with white can­dles, was

bal­sam fir cut from the dense for­est in the re­gion that is now the city of SorelTracy, Que­bec.

It was beau­ti­ful but per­ilous and even though we’re no longer us­ing lit can­dles as tree or­na­ments, the risk of fire re­mains real.“Keep the tree wa­tered,” says Wayne Ross, an in­surance ex­pert at Aviva Canada.“That is our mantra at this time of year. Not only does it cre­ate a fra­grant ‘win­ter won­der­land’ at­mos­phere, but a wet tree is a safer tree.”

Here are some other safety tips to help keep your home not only festive, but safe as well:

• When buy­ing your tree, make sure the nee­dles don’t fall out when you bounce the tree on the ground. These types of trees tend to dry out very quickly, mean­ing they will also burn very quickly.

• Don’t over­load elec­tri­cal out­lets with too much light­ing and/or ex­ten­sion cords.

• Un­der no cir­cum­stances leave a lit Christ­mas tree unat­tended. If you’re out for the evening, be sure to un­plug the lights. • Never place lit can­dles near your tree. Just a few thought­ful steps at this busy time of year will make sure your home and fam­ily are safe and pro­tected. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able from your in­surance bro­ker or on­line at avi­va­canada.com.

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