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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – With holiday decorating here, it’s time to be up to date with holiday fire safety tips and cautious of what you use to decorate for the holidays. Vatterott College-North Park electrical program director, Laconey Anthony explains a number of ways to protect yourself and loved ones while decorating with lights.

A couple of the suggestions Laconey made include:

  • Only purchase lights, electronic decorations and extension cords that are UL-listed. UL is a safety certification, so these lights have been tested and approved by a recognized safety-testing agency.
  • Don’t overload outlets. No more than three strands of lights should be plugged into each electrical cord or outlet.
  • Turn off when not being monitored. Always turn off all Christmas lights and decorations before going to bed or leaving the house.

For more ways to protect yourself and your loved ones while decorating, watch the interview with Laconey Anthony and visit