DAY 1 - Use holiday decorations made with flame-retardant or non-combustible materials.
DAY 2 - Carefully inspect new and previously used light strings and replace damaged items before plugging lights in. Use lights approved by Underwriter’s Laboratories. Do not overload extension cords.
DAY 3 - Keep children and pets away from light strings and electrical decorations.
DAY 4 - Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
DAY 5 - Never use lit candles to decorate a tree, and make sure any lit candles in the room are place away from tree branches.
DAY 6 - Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
DAY 7 - Try to keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water daily.
DAY 8 - Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source.
DAY 9 - Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S.
DAY 10 - When entertaining provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers. Wet cigarette butts with water before discarding.
DAY 11 - After a party, check on, between and under upholstery and cushions for cigarette butts that may be smoldering.
DAY 12 - Take the tree down when it becomes dry. Recycle it, use it as a fish shelter in a farm pond or put it out with the trash. Do not burn it in the fireplace. Heat may explode the wood and set the room on fire.