Safe Family: Christmas light safety

While the weather is nice, lots of folks will start hanging those Christmas lights outside. Here’s our Safe Family warning about what could be a fire hazard.

Did you know the wires inside can deteriorate over time, especially if you leave them up year round, or don't store them properly? That can be a fire hazard.

Also if you're using live decorations like a live tree or garland, be careful the lights don't overheat and always double check to make sure there isn't a short.

"Make sure you follow the directions on the lights and on the tree, and if you use a real tree make sure you keep it watered and be safe with it," Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones says.

For more on Christmas light safety, check the links below.

On the Web:

http://firstaid.about.com/od/injuriesathome/qt/06_xmaslights.htm

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/611.pdf

http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/citizens/all_citizens/home_fire_prev/holiday-seasonal/holiday.shtm


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