Holiday decorations, especially candles and electrical lighting, can be fire hazards, and Safe Kids reminds parents and caregivers to take a few precautions when decorating for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwaanza and other winter festivities.
Never, never leave lit candles unattended! Don't put candles on a Christmas tree or a natural wreath, or near curtains or drapes. Keep matches and lighters locked out of reach. In 2002, candles started 18,000 home fires in the United States and caused 130 deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association .