Sioux Falls Fire Marhsall Dean Lanier says dried-out Christmas trees and holiday lighting are among the leading culprits of post-holiday fires.

Dried out trees should not be kept in the home, garage or placed outside against the home.  Instead, opt for a local recycling program.

Regarding decorative lights, take time to inspect each for damage.  Throw out light sets if they may have loose connections, broken sockets or cracked/bare wires.