The Clayton Fire Company in cooperation with FEMA is releasing holiday decorating safety tips for residents to make homes and businesses safer during the holidays.

The Clayton Fire Company in cooperation with FEMA is releasing holiday decorating safety tips for residents to make homes and businesses safer during the holidays.

The following safety tips include:

Lighting safety:

- Inspect lights for frayed wires, bare spots, and broken or cracked sockets

- Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory

- Don't link more than three light strands

- Make sure to periodically check the wires- they shouldn't be warm to the touch

Candle safety:

- Never leave a burning candle unattended

- Keep candles in stable holders and where they can't be easily knocked down

- Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn

- Avoid using candles in bedrooms and sleeping areas

- Consider using battery-operated flame-less candles

Plant safety:

- Select fresh, healthy plants and don't put them out too early so that they'll last

- Keep all plants well-watered throughout the holiday season

- Keep plants away from heat sources like candles, fireplaces, or heaters

- Dispose of plants safely, take them to a recycling center or picked-up by a service