The Richmond Fire department tweeted this link on winter safety tips when it comes to picking a Christmas tree and lighting your house this year. When picking the tree, choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious. Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2″ from the base of the trunk and water it daily. Make sure the tree is not blocking exits and is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.When lighting the tree, use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect. Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed. For more tips, view the article yourself right here.