Prevent house fires this Christmas

By WEEK Producer

December 25, 2012 Updated Dec 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- State Farm wants you to be alert this year so your Christmas is not ruined by a fire.

According to the insurance company, the possibility of a house catching on fire is higher during the winter months than any other time of year.

Some of that risk is increased because of holiday decorations including overloading outlets, leaving candles unattended, and having a dry Christmas tree.

State Farm officials say the best way to keep your home safe is to be aware.

"One-third of home fires are caused during the holiday months like December, January, and February. That's a good indication that there are a lot of distractions and we really have to be mindful of being really careful," said State Farm Spokeswoman Holly Anderson.

State Farm officials added that another holiday hazard is lighting up a fire in a fireplace without having it inspected or cleaned from the year before.

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