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Christmas is a time of joy and celebration. The Christmas spirit spreads across the Magic Valley more and more each day as people shop, decorate, attend church and musical performances, and do good for their neighbors. But, that doesn't mean there aren't bad things that happen. House fires caused by Christmas lights can quickly burn down a house and porch pirates scouring neighborhoods for packages to steal can really put a damper on the cheer. Luckily there are some things you can do to increase your safety during the holidays. A few co-workers have said that emergency chocolate and emergency booze are essential but those are up to you. Check out these five safety items to keep you and your home safe.


If you bring a real tree into your home for Christmas it will gradually dry out and become a fire hazard. This little ornament can help prevent tree light fires.

Another way to prolong the life of your tree and keep it from drying out too quickly is an item that is basically an IV drip for your tree.

You can protect indoor extension cord connections from moisture, children, and pets with these plug covers.

There are also outdoor plug covers for larger extension cords.

If you away from your phone often and are expecting multiple package deliveries, the BoxLock (or a similar item) could keep your packages from the elements and spying eyes of porch pirates.

Then there is the obvious, and growing in popularity, video doorbell. There are many options for video doorbells and each offers different levels of protection and interaction.

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