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Are your holiday decorations a safety hazard?

Many Americans engage in alarming habits when it comes to holiday safety and decor, according to a new survey from CSA International. Putting their homes at risk of fire, 22% of Americans leave their holiday lights up for at least two months and 23% rarely or never check to see if holiday decorations have been tested and certified for safety.

A 2009 report by the National Fire Protection Association that found 23% of Christmas tree fires  and 170 home fires per year involved decorative lights.

To keep your home safe this holiday, follow these tips from CSA:

Out with the old

Carefully inspect holiday light strings for inside and outside use each year and discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders, or loose connections.

Size ‘em up

Unplug light strings before replacing bulbs and check to ensure replacement bulbs match the voltage and wattage of the original. Make certain that bulb reflectors are the correct size for the light string. (more…)

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