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Keep Christmas lights safe


Those chilly temperatures may have you dreaming of the holidays and with that comes holiday decorating.

Channel 3's Kalie Desimone joins us live this morning with a few safety tips on what to remember when lighting your house and trees

You've seen the Youtube videos showing dazzling, brilliant light displays. Most homes will never look like that. Even trying to get close, is tough.

"It's going to take a little bit of time. Some forethought," said Curtis Williams.

Hanging holiday lights on houses is just one of many jobs Curtis Williams can do as part of his handyman service.

"You really need to start off with an idea put the pen to paper, put some thought into it," Williams said.

He's a professional, and he's sharing a few professional tips to help amateurs stay safe. One problem Williams sees often is, too many lights at the end of one section

"You are actually able to cut the end of them and mend them so that they complete the circuit, like they are supposed to," Williams said.

He says not taking this step could turn your light display into a fire hazard.

In North West Florida, the weather is very unpredictable this time of year so there are a few things you should do to protect your display.

"Make sure you use outdoor lighting and cords, make sure you have a great connection. And keep the connection up and off the ground," Williams said.

Now let's get into some specifics - those always popular icicle lights can be one of the hardest to keep glowing.

"What happens is they are connected in a sersis so every building is part of the wiring and if one goes out, the wire is no longer in connection so they are all dead," Williams said.

Williams says he also suggests using led lighting. And here perhaps is the biggest rule in holiday light hanging.

"We absolutely want to plug them in and test everything before we put them up. We don't want to be 20 feet up in the air and realize half of our string isn't working," Williams said.

 If you're really serious about your lighting display, it may be a good idea to check your outlets with a power surge to make sure you don't blow a fuse when lighting things up.