On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Four broken light sockets,
Three sparks from a fireplace,
Two candles spreading flames,
And one dehydrated tree on fire.
…wait, that’s not how that song goes.

The holiday season is such a joyful time of year with friends and family. But, according to the National Fire Protection Association, the three leading dates for home structure fires are Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Whether you celebrate the holidays with beautiful candles, a forest green tree or beaming lights, it’s important to keep your festivities safe. To ensure you have a safe and happy holiday season, here are 4 tips to keep in mind as you deck the halls this year:

Trees

Make sure the needles on your tree are always green, the trunk is sticky, and your tree stays hydrated at all times. It is also important to remember to keep trees away from heat sources such as fireplaces or vents. If you go the artificial route, make sure that you check to see if your tree says, “fire resistant.”

Candles

Always use non-flammable holders and make sure candles do not stay lit overnight. Lit candles should be kept away from things that can be easily caught on fire, such as curtains, decorations and wrapping paper.

Fireplaces

As warm and cozy as a fireplace may be, it is very important to make sure that the flue is open, a fire screen is up while burning, and that the fire is put out before going to sleep.

Lights

Check your indoor and outdoor lights for broken bulbs and sockets before using them to decorate, do not use more than three standard-sized sets of lights per extension cord, and make sure to turn lights off if they become too warm.

Happy holidays!

P.S. Don’t forget to check with your Cole Harrison agent to review how your homeowners policy to make sure you are covered if a house fire should occur.

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