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On the Watertown Seal is a picture of an English Colonist and an Indian exchanging, as peace tokens,  bread for fish.  Captain Roger Clap landed at Nantasket Point in 1630 and rode up Charles River to Gerry's Landing with the first party of Watertown Colonists.
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Christmas Tree Safety
  • When decorating Christmas trees, always use safe tree lights. Some lights are designed for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Larger tree lights should also have some type of reflector rather than a bare bulb, and all lights should be listed by a testing laboratory.
  • Never use electric lights on a metal tree.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to use tree lights. Any string of lights with worn, frayed, or broken cords or loose bulb connections should not always be used.
  • Always unplug Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to sleep.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree, and place candles well away from tree branches.
  • Try to keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water daily. Do not purchase a tree that is dry or dropping needles. (See Choosing a Christmas Tree)
  • Choose a sturdy tree stand designed not to tip over.
  • When purchasing an artificial tree, be sure to choose one that is labeled fire-retardant.
  • Children are fascinated with Christmas lights. Keep a watchful eye on them when around the tree. Do not let them play with lights.
  • Store matches and lighters out of children's reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, and try to position it near an outlet so cords aren't running long distances.
  • Do not place trees where they will block exits.
  • Safely dispose of trees when they begin to drop needles. Dried out trees are highly flammable and should not be left in a house or garage or placed against a house.

For more information on Christmas tree safety, contact the Fire Department at (617) 972-6512.