This time of year people get wrapped up in dressing up their home for the holidays, but experts suggest while you're doing all that, don't forget to think safety first. Go into any department store and you will find all types of Christmas decorations on sale. But one thing to remember while decking your halls with lights, bows and stockings is safety. Firefighters say accidents and house fires are common around the holidays due to improper use of decorations. Holiday shopper, Shannon Pipkin, said one thing she does to be safe is turn off her holiday lights overnight. “I have all of my lights on a timer that they go off about the same time that I go to bed, so there's nothing burning at night,” she said. Lois Gay of Wilmington said, “When I leave home and make sure that I turn everything off, because when I get home I do want to have a home to come to.” Chuck Pinto works in the electrical department at Lowe's. He said be careful how you use holiday sockets. “Try not to overload circuits. That is real important. Don't put a lot of accessories on one plug,” he said. Experts also suggest these tips: -Supervise kids and pets around small decorations or live trees that have small berries. They could be potential choking and toxic hazards. -Make sure your Christmas tree is on a stable platform, so that it does not fall over and hurt someone. -Make sure lights are in good condition. Bad lights or frayed cords could short circuit and electrocute someone. -And it's always a good idea to keep holiday lights off when not at home. “You just never know what could happen,” said Pipkin. Also, live trees only last about a month and a half before they start to turn brown. To keep them fresh you should water them ever 2 to three days.
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