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Fire Department Advises Safety Measures For Outdoor Christmas Lights

FORT SMITH (KFSM)– With all the rain coming, some people are worried their outdoor Christmas could be dangerous. Mike Cole started his giant Christmas dis...

FORT SMITH (KFSM)-- With all the rain coming, some people are worried their outdoor Christmas could be dangerous.

Mike Cole started his giant Christmas display for his son, and with hundreds of decorations, he has taken a lot of safety precautions.

He said he has eight outside plug-ins just for Christmas lights and four separate breakers, so nothing is running from the inside the house.

Captain Carey St. Cyr, with the Fort Smith Fire Department, said that one of the most important safety tips is making sure your power source is inside.

“They're not designed for outdoor use,” St. Cyr said. “Make sure where everything plugs in is dry and not exposed to the elements because the electricity still goes through the equipment and the light portion, what goes outside is what's important.”

He said Christmas lights are meant to be used outside, they will be fine in rainy conditions.

“They're meant for outdoor use,” St. Cyr said. “They're designed to be rained on.”

St. Cyr said it's all about making sure everything is set up correctly.

“As far as turning them on and off, for your own piece of mind, you could turn them off at night, but as long as they're set up the correct way with a breaker switch, it's ok to use at night,” St. Cyr said.

Cole said his lights are set on timers, so they turn off automatically, but he also made sure they turn off if the rain gets too heavy.

“The breakers throw themselves and turns everything off, so there's not any hazard or anything,” Cole said.

He also said he will continue to grow his display safely.

“I'm either going to have to rent the neighbor’s yard or go up on the roof,” Cole said.

Some firefighters say they recommend putting power strips, and other power sources for outdoor decorations in the garage, so they stay dry.

They also said real Christmas trees are the biggest fire hazards, and people should make sure to keep them watered, so they don't dry out. The firefighters also recommend keeping them away from any fire places and heaters.

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