Did you know that nearly half of fires relating to decorations is due to being too close to a heat source? Consider that 90% of traditional, incandescent bulb energy is released as heat, it may be time to finally switch to LEDs.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED lights use up to 75% less energy and last 25 times as long.  Plus, instead of each light bulb burning out, the individual lights just get dimmer over time, so no need to fuss with replacing bulbs and fuses.  If you’re still on the fence, look at how far LED lights have come, from the bluer light of early strands to options in cool white (slightly blue) and warm white bulbs (more like the incandescent golden tone).  Whichever you chose, use clips instead of nails or tacks to secure the wires.  Take a few simple safety steps to keep your holidays merry and bright!