Holiday decorations light the way for fire hazards on Long Island

Lights and menorahs are all around this time of year, but those holiday decorations could quickly become a holiday hazard.

Suffolk County fire officials held a demonstration to show how holiday decor, such as a tree, and a home could go up in flames in a matter of seconds. Fire Rescue Commissioner Joe Williams says there are simple ways to decorate with care. He says keep trees three feet away from heat sources, check wiring and do not run extension cords under carpet.

Officials say up to 400 fires occur each year across the country resulting in more than a dozen deaths.

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