WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The Florida Forest Service is reminding Floridians that fire risks and dangers increase during the holidays and during dry season, but there are ways you can protect your home and family.
When it comes to Christmas trees, keep them away from space heaters, fireplaces or other heat sources. You should only use non-combustible or flame-resistant decorations around your home as well.
They also recommend you check the labels on lights to make sure they were tested at a facility like UL or ETL, and follow the proper instructions for using them.
If you find any lights with cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections, you should get rid of them.
Also, make sure you turn off your holiday lights and blow out any candles before going to bed or leaving the house.
The dry season brings its own fire risk as well. The Florida Forest Service says you should clear dry debris from your roofs and yards to eliminate the link that could carry a wildfire from the woods to homes.
Also, check with local, county or city officials for information regarding yard waste and Christmas tree disposal or recycling.