Remember the scene in which Clark Griswold’s over-lubricated sled sends him flying down a tree-covered hill into oncoming traffic and eventually a Wal-Mart nativity scene? Or the scene in which Uncle Louis sets the Christmas tree, and himself, on fire while lighting his cigar?

‘Tis the season for house fires. Each year over 400 Americans lose their lives and over 1,000 are injured from holiday-related fires. These fires are not only dangerous but expensive, costing around $900 million in damage. One of the biggest culprits is open candle flames; keep candles in a safe holder so they won’t get knocked over, and make sure the flame is out when you leave the room.