Candles and lights make the holidays festive, but they also present their own unique safety risks. In fact, December is the leading month of home fires. Andy Crouppen, of Brown & Crouppen, is here with some safety tips.

How can we make sure that string lights are safe? When putting lights away at the end of each season, if they are bunched up, they can become damaged. Andy suggests that you inspect your lights before you put them up. Make sure that the lamp holders aren’t cracked and that no wires are exposed. If you see any damage at all, just replace them.

When buying new lights, Andy recommends LED lights. They are cooler, in terms of temperature, and they tend to last longer. You can also look for safety warnings on the box. It is also a good idea to put your lights on a timer and to turn them off at night.

When burning candles, don’t put them in a drafty area. This reduces the chance of the flame drifting or for objects to drift onto the flame itself. This is the perfect time of year to check your smoke detectors and make sure they are working, too.

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