It is important to remember safety on this holiday

As Christmas approaches and presents continue to pile up under the Christmas trees located in homes around the world, fire officials are warning that those decorative trees could become deadly, if proper precautions aren’t taken.

Each year, over 300 fires in the United States are linked to Christmas trees, resulting in an average of 14 deaths a year and millions of dollars in damage. Locally, the Clermont County Department of Public Safety Services is urging residents to be careful when decorating for Christmas.

“There haven’t been any this year, yet,” said Clermont DPSS Director Beth Nevel. “Every year it seems like we have one or two.”

Residents are warned to take some simple precautions when decorating their homes for Christmas with electric lights, which can be risky, said Nevel.

“During the holidays, we all want lots of lights,” said Nevel. “We have problems with both inside and outside displays. Any time you deal with electricity, you need to follow the manufacturers recommendations.”