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Fire safety tip: How to safely handle holiday lights

Posted at 5:18 PM, Dec 01, 2014

Jasen Asay, spokesman for Salt Lake City Fire, was in studio Monday afternoon to talk about the fire safety tip of the week.

His tip was how to safely handle electric holiday lights.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, holiday lights and other decorative lighting with line voltage are involved in about 160 home structure fires each year in the United States, which causes an average of nine civilian deaths, 13 civilian injuries and $9 million in direct property damage.

Electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in two-thirds of the cause of those fires.

Watch the interview above for tips on safe electric holiday display.