(CNN) - Holiday decorations can go from delightful to dangerous in just seconds.
New numbers from the consumer product safety commission point to a recent increase in injuries related to holiday decorations. The CPSC estimates Christmas tree fires cost consumers as much as 19 million dollars in property damage between 2008 and 2010.
A longer stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year means even more caution is needed with live trees.
In addition to keeping the tree stand filled with water, place the tree a safe distance from heat sources like vents and fireplaces.
Lights with broken or cracked sockets, frayed wires, or loose connections shouldn't be used. Candles should be kept on stable surfaces where kids and pets can't knock them over, and should never be left unattended.