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If you haven't already, it's time to pick out that perfect Christmas tree and decorate it with the family.

Many house fires happen around the holidays at homes with live Christmas trees. But there's some safety tips you should keep in mind.

"Keep it away from any open flames, any kind of a heat source. Keep it hydrated, when it starts losing a lot of needles, get it out of your house," said Mike Phipps with the Beaver Lions Club.

Phipps also suggested using the miniature lights or LED lights instead of the bigger models, which can get hotter much quicker.