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Stay safe when stringing holiday lights

(Metro) Safety should always be a priority when stringing holiday lights both inside and outside a home. Lighting displays strung on home exteriors also can pose safety risks if homeowners do not exercise caution.

Choose a fresh tree. The NFPA recommends celebrants who prefer natural Christmas trees choose ones with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Dry trees are more likely to catch fire than freshly cut trees. Adding water to the tree stand each day will keep trees fresher longer. When placing the tree, avoid placing it too close to heat sources, making sure it is at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights.

Check all lights before stringing them. Look for any worn or broken cords and replace any defective lights.

Employ the buddy system. When stringing lights, always work with at least one other person. This makes it safe for homeowners who must climb ladders to string lights on especially tall trees and/or on t...

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