Big Bear, Ca, December 1, 2010, 3:00pm – With the holiday season upon us, the San Bernardino County Fire Department would like to remind you of the following holiday decorating and natural Christmas tree safety tips. Check the lights, and check the cords. Before you put up any electrically lighted decorations, you should check the equipment to make sure it will operate safely. Check for burned-out lights, empty sockets and broken bulbs. Inspect wires carefully for breaks or damaged connections before energizing your holiday decorations. Any damaged strands of lights should be thrown out. If you use an artificial tree, make sure it is made of safe, fireproof materials. If your artificial tree is pre-lit, make sure you test the tree and check all electrical cords and connectors for damage or broken parts before using the tree. On a pre-lit tree, check carefully for burnt-out, broken or damaged light sockets. Damaged equipment should be replaced or repaired before using the tree. Have an enjoyable and safe holiday season.