Decking out your Christmas tree and your house with lights and decorations is sure to help get you in the holiday spirit but if you're not careful, some decorations can put your home, and your family members in danger.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says, there's been a spike in injuries related to holiday decorations. The estimated number of incidents including fires as gone up from 12,000 in 2009, to 14,000 last holiday season.
The main culprit? Your Christmas tree. Inez Tenenbaum with the CPSC says you need to make sure you keep an eye on it.
"Often people are having such a great time during the holidays that they forget to water the tree which can lead to a terrible fire," said Tenenbaum.
Experts say Christmas tree fires cost Americans as much as 19-million dollars in property damage over the past two years.
To keep a fire from happening make sure there is always water in your tree stand and keep your tree far away from heat sources, like candles, radiators and vents.
The U.S. Fire Administration says you also need to inspect your lights. Make sure there are no frayed wires, bare spots or gaps in the insulation and don't overload your electrical outlets. Never link more than 3 light strands, unless the directions say it's safe.
Also make sure you are using non-flammable or flame retardant decorations.
The USFA estimates, Christmas trees and holiday lights spark fires at about 400 houses each year.
don't let your home be one of them.
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