UTMB Drs. Sally Robinson and Keith Bly provide tips on how to make decorations safe and avoid a family tragedy this holiday season in their Keeping Kids Healthy column. “If you buy a natural tree, check to make sure the needles feel soft and pliable. Bend a twig to see if the branch is moist. Brush against the ‘grain’ of a branch and avoid trees that lose needles. … Locate the tree as far as possible from space heaters, fireplaces and candles. Secure the tree with wire to keep it from tipping (especially important if you have pets or active children).”