Hanging lights or displaying candles can add to any holiday display and the Alton Fire Department wants to make sure you’re staying safe if you add any of those optics to your home this season. Fire Chief Bernie Sebold says there isn’t anything wrong with leaving your exterior decorations on all-night but he does have one recommendation to keep them operating safely.

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Sebold also recommends keeping candles away from garland or other artificial decorations, including trees as they are often time responsible for causing house fires. He adds that you should extinguish them anytime you plan on leaving your home for an extended period of time as an extra precaution.

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