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Christmas lights catch home on fire in Tennessee

While the average house fire results in a death one of every 143 fires, the association reports, fires that start with a Christmas tree kill someone in one out of every 32 fires. You're cheap and you don't want to change your lights and things like that. "The thing to remember though is that when a fire happens, and a Christmas tree is involved, they're generally much more significant and much more severe".

This video from the National Fire Protection Association shows just how serious a fire hazard a dry tree can be. But all trees should be kept away from heating vents, fireplaces, and other heat sources.

"Make sure you have working smoke alarms". Another tip would be to make sure all your holiday lights have no loose wiring and are used properly.

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"We believe the fire was caused by a failure of the small connection box on a Christmas lights set which has caused it to heat up and catch fire".

Bussell also suggests using a surge protected outlet splitter to help protect against electrical fires.

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