As you deck the halls this holiday season, fire officials are reminding you to be fire smart, because a small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow quicker than you'd think.
Lt. Jim Bussell with the Rapid City Fire Department says one of the main things to remember is to not put any of your decorations near a heat source.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, one in every four Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems.
Officials say it's important to throw away light strands with frayed or pinched wires and to turn off all holiday lights before going to bed or leaving the house.
Bussell says the same rules apply to both artificial and real trees, the only difference is, if you have a real tree, you need to water it every day, because a dry tree can catch on fire easily.
Lt. Jim Bussell with the Rapid City Fire Department, says, "Fire involving Christmas trees are not all that common, but the thing to remember is that when we do have a fire and a Christmas tree is involved, they are generally much more serious.
Bussell says another thing that can be problematic this time of year is candle fires.
The U.S. Fire Administration says candles start two out of five home decoration structure fires, so it's important to never leave a burning candle unattended and to keep them twelve inches away from things that can burn.