This video demonstrates the how quickly the fire can develop when a DRY tree is exposed to an open flame.
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See the NYS Holiday Safety Tips.
In addition, I personally would also recommend that you make sure your
tree is clean-cut when you buy it (have them cut a few inches off the bottom)
and make sure the stand stays full of water. When the tree gets dry, get rid of it.