Let's go out and buy a dead pine tree (a cut one from that lot on the corner), or dig that plastic one out of the attic or basement, bring it into our nice, dry, warm living room (where the tree can dry out even more), and then wrap it with numerous strands of inexpensive electric cords and lights. We'll plug all those lights in (to the same circuit that has all our other decorations plugged into it) and then head off to Grandma's house and leave the tree lit up so that our neighbors can also admire our beautiful Christmas tree!
"What could possible go wrong?"
Year after year, statistics show that fires in personal residences dramatically increase between Thanksgiving and Christmas. As you may guess, decorated Christmas trees and other lighted decorations contribute greatly to these statistics.
A house fire can devastate your holidays well beyond New Year's Day and into the new year, so we urge you to take extra precautions. Be aware of the dangers holiday decorations can represent. It is a good time to check your smoke detectors and replace their batteries. If any light cords or extension cords show signs of wear, spend the money to replace them now, before they cause you to spend the money to replace your home.