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