BOZEMAN - Holiday lights and trees are beautiful but they also can be quite dangerous.
We're in full swing of the holidays and Central Valley Fire Marshal Bruce Hennequin says the most common blaze starter they see comes from cooking.
"Obviously around the holidays we're cooking more and spending more time with family and friends in the kitchen, so cooking is going to be a major factor and consideration. And we encourage folks to stay in the kitchen when you're cooking and to stay in the kitchen when you're cooking," Hennequin said.
Another concern will be keeping your Christmas tress from catching fire.
"Make sure you keep them watered just make sure you are running your fingers down the branches if a bunch of needles maybe falling off you may have some problems," Hennequin cautioned.
Just as important as making sure the tree is watered is checking the lights, "make sure the lights are safe and listed by a third party testing organization," Hennequin said.
Finally, keep open flames away from garland and trees battery powered candles will work just as well and will be a lot safer.
The National Fire Protection Agency offers up more safety advice on their website including the following:
Picking the tree
Placing the tree
Lighting the tree