Christmas season prompts decoration safety

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Local tree lots like Goodman's Tree Farm all the way to home improvement superstores like Home Depot are stocked with Christmas decorations for the holiday season.

But experts are warning people getting ready for the holiday season to take precautions when decorating their home.

"Christmas trees, Christmas decorations, lights, candles, all these things combined can increase the likelihood of a fire in your home," said Mark Ousley of Full Steam Ahead Fire and Water Restoration. Ousley warned those wanting to get in the Christmas spirit to check their lights and outlets to make sure there are no possibilities for sparks.

[To see how quickly a fire sparked by faulty Christmas lights can consume a home, click here]

"Take a little extra time," Ousley said. "If you've got to pull your lights out, spread them out. Check for frays."

Experts at the Myrtle Beach Home Depot say they carry several items to help prevent fires, and some new artificial trees can greatly reduce that risk.

"Artificial trees usually have LED technology which is cool to the touch and very safe," said Jeremy Striz.

Striz said some people will always want to the traditional living pine tree. He said the best thing to do is buy as fresh a tree as possible, check to make sure it retains its needles, and water it constantly throughout the season.

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