5 Tips to Decorate Your Tree Safely

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, one in every three tree fires is caused by electrical problems and one in every 40 reported tree fires results in a death. Protect yourself this holiday by decorating your tree safely. Five simple tips to get you started:

  • Opt for a fresh tree that is not dry or a flame-resistant artificial tree
  • Connect no more than three strands of light sets
  • Discard any lights with worn or broken cords and connections
  • Keep your tree at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, space heaters, candles or heat vents
  • Turn off all lights before leaving home or going to sleep

For more holiday safety tips, visit http://1.usa.gov/1MVhsO8