PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The state fire marshal is sharing safety tips to prevent fires during the holiday season.

James Gumbley says he’s offering these tips because of the frequency of Christmas tree fires, and because he wants everyone to be safe.

Gumbley says real trees should be watered daily and kept at least three feet away from heat sources.

He says other holiday decorations should also be kept away from fireplaces, radiators, portable heaters and candles.

He advises checking lights to make sure there are no exposed, frayed or pinched wires.

He says candles pose fire risks year-round, but especially this time of year.

Gumbley says he’s also especially worried about cooking fires.

After the holidays, Gumbley says dispose of Christmas trees promptly, before they dry out and become a major fire hazard.

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