Christmas lights. Before using your Christmas lights, check for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets. Avoid octopus lines to minimize an overloaded electrical system. Never place cords under the carpet, and check your lights frequently to make sure that the wires are not getting warm. When it’s time to change a bulb, unplug the lights first before replacing the light.
Do not let your children play with the Christmas lights. Always turn off the Christmas lights and other electrical décor before you sleep or go out of the house.
Christmas tree and ornaments. If you are buying an artificial tree, choose one that is flame retardant. Position your tree at least 3 feet away from candles, fireplaces, heaters or radiators, or heat vents. Place it away from curtains and other materials that might burn.
If you have small children, be careful where you place the tree ornaments. Hang breakable ones or those with sharp parts closer to the top of the tree.
Candles, matches, and lighters. Keep all matches and lighters out of children's reach. Keep lighted candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn, and don’t forget to blow them out when you leave the room or before you go to sleep.
Others. Watch out for poisonous plants like mistletoe berries, holly berry, and Jerusalem cherry—they can harm your children or pets. Check all your décor for lead. Leaded materials are hazardous if ingested.