Those fancy decorations could be doing more harm than good, if not used properly.
 
Each year thousands of families hang up lights and every year a safety check should be done to avoid putting your home at risk for fire.
 
Cords should be carefully inspected for frayed wire, cracked lamp holders and loose connections.
 
"Always inspect your lights, whether they're lights on the inside or the outside of your home. If they're out all year they can become weathered and beaten up by the sun's heat and rays," said Shawn McKerry, Fort Saskatchewan fire chief. "It's better to be safe then sorry." 
 
Other tips include:
- Use the right bulb voltage and wattage.
- Always turn off lights when you leave the house.
- Never connect more than one extension cord together.
- When hanging outdoor lights, keep electrical connectors off the ground and away from metal gutters.

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