Christmas Decorating Safety Tips


By Brandon Redmond

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Christmas lights are symbolic of the holiday season, but if you're not careful, they could become the ultimate Christmas scrooge. Experts say they pose a dangerous risk for a fire.

"As far as electrical and Christmas lights, when you are stranding lights, you want to make sure you don't over strand what your manufacturer suggests on Christmas lights... It could cause a fire," said Nate Perry from Home Depot.

If you are using led Christmas lights, they tend to be more energy efficient and you can often strand more sets of led lights together.

"Each box will tell you how many strings you can strand together. You never want to go anymore above that," said Nate Perry.

If you are putting up Christmas lights outside, you always want to use lights and extension cords rated for outdoor use since they will be exposed to the weather.

"There are outdoor rated extension cords. You want to make sure when you buy your extension cord that it says right on the package for outdoor use," said Nate Perry.

Fire officials across the United States warn of the dangers with live Christmas trees.

"When you are putting your Christmas trees up a good way to select a live Christmas tree is to make sure you get one that is fresh. The fresher it is, the longer it's going to last inside. The less chance you have of it drying out and the less chance you have of it starting a fire," said Nate Perry.

You also want to make sure to keep any heat sources at least three feet away from your tree. A few tips that can help keep you safe this Christmas season.

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