We all remember Clark Griswold in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” who decided to cover his house in twinkle lights, which resulted in a citywide power outage. While it’s a great movie, no one actually wants to experience a holiday disaster like Griswold. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 210 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 150 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative lighting occur each year.

Follow these simple tips to avoid a disaster:

  • Inspect Holiday Lights

    Check lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots and excessive kinking or wear before using them. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging them in to an outlet.

  • Use Caution with Candles

    Consider using battery-operated candles. When using lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders, and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily.

  • Water Natural Christmas Trees

    Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly.

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