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Experts warn of the dangers of Christmas lights

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Christmas lights can be a decorative way to celebrate the holidays, but experts say if you're not careful they could start a fire.

Experts say you should not put more than three strands of lights on a tree, because overloading extension cords could start a fire.

If you are getting a real tree, experts say you need to make sure your tree is hydrated because a dry tree can act as kindling when next to hot lights.

Officials say before buying any lights you need to check to make sure they are approved for safety.

"Any lights that you buy the letters U-L and that is underwriter's laboratory proved and tested and that will tell you that the product is safe to buy. Don't buy things from a garage sale or take things that your friends give you. It is a bargain that is not worth the risk," said Lowe's electrical manager Liza Bortz. 

Bortz says the best choice is LED lights, because even though they are more expensive, they do not heat up so there is less likelihood for a fire.

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