With all of the commotion surrounding the holidays it may be easy to forget about some simple safety tips that could prevent a nightmare before Christmas.

The deputy chief of the Duncan Fire Hall is Art Sanderson.

He says Christmas trees can be a serious fire hazard.

Sanderson says you should also keep gift wrapping away from a fire… and don’t throw it in a fireplace because it could cause a chimney fire.

He adds people should also avoid overloading a power outlet because it might not be able to handle the charge.