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Keeping your home festive and fire proof this holiday season


MADISON (WKOW) -- It's that time of the year when we drag out the lights, trees, and candles to decorate for the holidays, but if you're not careful, some of those fancy decorations can become a fire hazard in your home.

Lori Wirth, with the City of Madison Fire Department, says when you're stringing up the lights outside you need to be careful on the ladder. She also says to make sure you get the correct lights.

"Technology has really come nicely along, and so there's a lot of good stuff to work with, you just have to use it," Wirth said. 

Wirth said you want to make sure to check all of your lights before putting them up. She said to make sure everything is in good working order, and that there aren't any splits or breaks in the wires.

"Trying to make a string of lights last one more season if the wires are fraying, is not a good idea," Wirth said.

When plugging in the lights, Wirth said to make sure you aren't overloading the outlets. 

"Make sure that you've got adequate electricity for what you're going to be putting in, and use one plug per outlet," Wirth said.

Wirth said candle safety has been a long-term problem with holiday decorations. Wirth suggest using LED candles to help reduce the risk of fire.

"The LED candles have become a real popular thing," Wirth said. "You can decorate around them, they stay cool to the touch, there is no tip hazard, if they do tip over there is not dripping."

Wirth joined us on 27 News at 5 on Tuesday.

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