Holiday Lighting Safety Tips

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COLUMBIA - As temperatures continue to drop and more snow is likely to fall, holiday lights are flicking on all across Mid-Missouri.

But those same lights can pose a serious fire hazard. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 100,000 fires break out each year during the holiday season.

There are a few simple ways to keep your home safe and brightly lit during the winter months, that shouldn't be too costly.

-Look for a "UL" label on boxes of lights. UL is a nationally approved safety label with thicker wiring and safety fuses which keep lights from overheating.

- Use a ground fault circuit interruptor (GFCI) when plugging in those outdoor extension cords. They help prevent from electrial shocks.

- When heading up to the roof, be sure to look for power lines overhead, or touching surrounding trees.

- Throw out old, or damaged light sets. Frayed or torn lights are always fire risks.

Click here for more information on holiday safety from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.