Throughout New Jersey, families are busy decorating the inside and outside of their homes for the holidays.  However, families should be aware of the risks decorating can pose. 

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Christmas trees account for 250 fires annually.  These fires result in 14 deaths and 26 injuries.  These fires cause $13.8 million in property damage.

"This is a very merry time of year and trimming houses and trees is an annual custom for countless families.  Unfortunately, safety is not always a top priority, which can lead to unnecessary house fires that destroy more than just the spirit of the season," said Patti Atchley-Mayer with AAA Mid-Atlantic Insurance Agency.

To keep families safe during the holidays, here are a few AAA Insurance tips:

*Always use non-flammable decorations.

*Check all bulbs and wires.  Don't use any lights with frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections.

*Discard and replace any cord that is hot to the touch.

*Keep lit candles in a place where they can't be knocked over or reach anything that could ignite. 

*Unplug lights when you leave home or go to bed.