1. Check Christmas lights for damage.
While lights are in storage, they can become frayed, damaged by animals, or knotted, and cause a short. This can be a dangerous fire hazard.
2. Switch to LED lights.
LED lights draw less electricity and run cooler, for:
Less chance of fire
3. Water your Christmas tree.
Live trees stay greener and therefore safer when you:
Make a fresh cut at the bottom of the trunk before placing it in the tree stand
Keep your tree watered
4. Be careful ladders.
Always have a spotter.
Use a properly maintained ladder.
Make sure the ladder is well-balanced on the ground.
5. Plug lights/decorations into GFCI outlets.
Ground-fault circuit interrupters stop the flow of electricity if the circuit is over- drawn.