It’s fun to decorate for the winter holidays, but holiday decorations can increase your risk for a home fire. As you deck the halls this season, be fire smart.

• Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up.

• Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet.

• Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.

• If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders, and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily.