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Itching for a real Christmas tree now? It's still early, firefighters say

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

'Tis the season to get a real Christmas tree, or is it?

Quincy firefighters say in the terms of fire safety, it's still a bit early to get a real Christmas tree.

It may be fresh cut now, but it won't be around Christmas. Firefighters usually recommend you don't keep a tree for more than two weeks.

However, if the Christmas bug has got you and you buy a real tree now, make sure it's a fresh cut tree.

"It should be sticky to the touch on the trunk. The needles should be hard to break off if it's a fresh tree. One thing that you can do is to pick it up by the trunk and slam the bottom of it on the ground. And if a lot of needles fall off it's not a fresh cut tree," Michael Dade, a Quincy firefighter, said.

Remember to keep the tree away from any kind of heat source. Roughly 240 fires are started per year that involve Christmas trees.

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