Fire prevention is key during the holiday season as people across the city are getting ready for Christmas. We went over to the home depot where we learned about all the common little mistakes made when the decorations are going up in your home. It's a time for peace and happiness. But that can change quickly if you're not careful. Each year decorations like these cause $8.5 million in property damage nationwide when not used correctly. So how can you prevent it from happening to you? For starters, if you use a natural tree use preservative. “It's going to help the tree last longer throughout the season it will keep it fresh.” Dry limbs and hot lights don't mix. Also try switching to LED lights. “It's cooler to the touch and it will prevent fires.” Regardless of what lights you use remember not to string too many sets together. “A lot of people don’t follow the directions and it tells you how many strings you should put on there.” “Always use extension cords that say outdoor extension chords on there it's a lot safer and they're weather proof and everything.” And remember the kids will be curious. “Always be careful with kids. Make sure outlets are secure. And don’t leave cords out where children can yank on them and especially the Christmas tree they want to play with them and they can fall on top of them always be aware of that.” Experts suggest making safety a holiday tradition. “You always want to have a safe and happy holiday.” Here's something else to remember. Make sure you install a smoke alarm in your home and make sure it's working. You can also buy a fire extinguisher to keep at home for small emergencies but always call 9-1-1 in case of a fire.