Illinois Fire Marshall Warns of Dangerous Christmas Tree

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WTVO/WQRF-TV -- The Illinois State Fire Marshall is warning residents about a Christmas tree that was sold at Menards that has a serious risk of fires and should be returend.  The chain of stores has ordered a recall of 1,800 pre-lit Christmas trees due to a few incidents involving overheating, which could lead to fires or may cause electric shocks.

The recalled trees sold under the Enchanted Forest brand are 7 ½ feet tall with 400 champagne-colored diode lights, model number 287-1261 and its UPC code is 741895425478. People who believe to have purchased this specific Christmas tree should look for both numbers printed on the box and on a red tag attached to a tree branch.

The Christmas tree was sold at Menards stores only for about $300 between September and November of this year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“If Menards has received reports of the tree’s light overheating, melting or smoking, that is a call for danger, said State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis. “We urge those consumers who may have the recalled tree to act immediately to prevent a tragedy.”  He advises consumers who bought that particular tree to unplug it immediately and return it to any Menards for a full refund.
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