Earlier this month several news sites reported on the recent finding that decorating for the holidays actually makes people happier.  A study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology also suggested that people tend to have a higher opinion of our neighbors who decorate for the holidays.

However, holiday decorations can pose an increased risk of a home fire.  As you decorate this season, please keep in mind the following fire safety tips:

  • Use secure candleholders and make sure candles are placed where they cannot be knocked over. Keep candles away from children and pets.  Better yet, consider switching to battery –operated flameless candles.
  • Inspect your holiday lights. Discard any light strands with frayed wires.  Unplug your lights when you are not home and when you go to sleep.
  • Keep your Christmas tree watered. Check it daily to prevent your tree from drying out.  Dry trees are dangerous because they can catch fire more easily.
  • Keep holiday decorations away from heat sources. Nearly a third of holiday fires are a result of decorations catching fire.