Keep safety in mind when decorating for the holidays

Check and make sure smoke alarms are working properly

Federal safety experts are spreading the word about the inherent dangers of a season filled with lights, candles and trees.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated there will be 1,300 fires related to Christmas trees and candles. Those fires will lead to 150 emergency room visits, as well as 20 deaths.

Experts said you should discard any light strands that have broken bulbs or frayed wires. The packaging should indicate that they're UL certified.

"We're all enthusiastic when we put our tree up, but once the holidays are over we forget to water them, they get very dry. And that becomes a very big danger in terms of catching on fire." Acting CPSC Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle said. "Also in terms of trees, you're setting it up, keeping it away from any heat source."

Experts also said many holiday-related fires can be avoided by making a point of never leaving a lit candle unattended. And a good tip throughout the year is checking and making sure all smoke alarms are working.

For a complete list of holiday decoration safety tips provided by the CPSC, click here.

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