Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.COM) --- The holidays and twinkling lights go hand in hand this time or year.
But with the festive lights comes an increased chance of home fires.
Experts say nearly 40 percent of home fire deaths occur between December and February.
Each year, 150 fires are caused by holiday lights causing 8.5 m in property damage.
Experts with the Electrical Safety Foundation International and Home Depot advise people to avoid using candles.
Choose decorations that are flame resistant and make sure you inspect them for damages.
Most importantly, avoid plugging to many plugs into a single outlet.
"Unless the box says that it’s safe to do it,” Mike Lowe, Home Depot Sales Associate said. “LED lights in particular, sometimes you can fit 50-60 plugs on one particular plug in because they take so little electricity."
If you'd like to learn more ways to stay safe over the holiday's, we've included a link to "The Holiday Safety" website on our website, NNC-NOW.COM.
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