Approximately 30% of home fires and 38% of home fire deaths occur between December and February, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).

Portable and stationary space heaters cause one-third of home heating fires and four out of five home heating fire deaths. says candles start almost half of all home decoration fires.

ESFI recommends taking the following safety precautions to ensure that this special time of year does not result in a decoration-related tragedy.

Home Depot Manager Mark Rowland says if you plan to buy a real Christmas tree this year, place it away from the central air vent.

Constant heat can cause the tree to dry which can be a fire hazard especially if the tree has a lot of lights.

To keep the tree from drying, make sure the tree stays watered and keep it away from any type of heat.

To keep your pets safe, place all cords on higher ground where pets cannot reach and chew on them.

Remember that if you're decorating your home with poinsettias, these plants can be mildly toxic to pets, if at all, according to the Pet Poison Helpline.

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