Tips For Safely Setting Up Holiday Decorations

By Adam Chick

November 18, 2012 Updated Nov 19, 2012 at 9:52 AM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's the most wonderful time of the year, the time when you'll see a plethora of Christmas lights and decorations lining the streets. But there are safety measures you must consider when putting these decorations up.

Holiday decorations might seem like a harmless thing, but many of them present added dangers to your home, dangers that if left alone, could spell disaster for you or your family.

Extension cords are a big part of gearing your house up for the holidays, but know that improper use of extension cords cause 150 house fires per year.

"All cords will indicate whether they are for indoor or outdoor use. So if you're using cords outside you always want to make sure they have that outdoor use," said Frank Ryczak, a Home Depot employee.

When thinking about Christmas lights, old incandescent light bulbs can use up to seven watts of energy which is a total of 160 watts for a full set of 25.

"If you use these new LED lights, there's 35 lights in a set, and they only use a total of 2.4 watts of energy. So they're much more energy efficient, up to 75 percent less energy. And they're much cooler to the touch with reduces the chance of a fire," said Ryczak.

When you're thinking about hanging outdoor lights on your house pay attention to all warning signs on the ladder you're using.

As far as ladders are concerned it's always better to use a fiberglass ladder like this instead of an aluminum one like this when you're dealing with electrical for obvious reasons.

If an exposed wire touches an aluminum ladder, and you're on that ladder, you've got problems.

So be sure to take care this holiday season.

You wouldn't want your Christmas or New Years to be ruined by a preventable incident.