ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Will a drone fit in your Christmas stocking? We’re about to find out.

Illinois Department of Transportation flight safety coordinator Joe Samudovsky says an estimated one million drones will be purchased this holiday season. And it’s not just an expensive toy, it’s a tool whose hazards must be respected.

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“It is a flying object. Any object flying through the air, especially at low altitude, does have some risks,” Samudovsky says. “That is why we have a set of safety guidelines we want people to follow.”

The guidelines include: keep the drone no more than 400 feet off the ground; keep the drone in sight; don’t get it within five miles of an airport without contacting that airport.

Here is a lists of all the rules and a few things you need to know when flying a drone. One being that all drones over .55 pounds need to be registered with the FAA, which can be done here.

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