Christmas decorations pose fire hazard if you aren't cautious

Christmas decorations pose fire hazard if you aren't cautious

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Christmas trees and decorations help make the holidays delightful, but if you are not careful they can also make them frightful.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fires started by Christmas trees and holiday lights account for more than 150 house fires, $26 million in damages and an average of 15 deaths per year.

To protect your home and loved ones, Eric Simmons with the Jonesboro Fire Department offered a few tips.

"Only using three strands of light put together at one point," Simmons said. "So, you wouldn't want to go more than that when you're decorating your house. Also on your trees, if you have a live tree, just be sure that you keep it watered because once it gets dry they can light off really quickly and then burn really fast."

Simmons also said to also keep any heat sources at least 3 feet away from your Christmas tree. If you decide to light any candles, make sure you keep everything at least 12 inches away from candles and don't leave them unattended.

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