Christmas Tree Fire Safety
The stockings are hanging by the fire, the beautifully lit garland is wrapped around banisters and the freshly chopped trees are trimmed — Christmas season is in full swing. But in the midst of all the holiday prep, people often forget about the importance of fire prevention. Check out Central York Fire Services’ essential safety tips for a safe and happy holiday season.
Christmas trees should be:
- As fresh as possible (needles should be green and not falling off the tree)
- Watered often — keep the base of the trunk immersed in water at all times
- Placed away from heat sources
- Kept away from all lit candles (try battery-operated flameless candles instead)
When using lights, candles and decorations, remember to:
- Check for broken bulbs and frayed wires before stringing lights on the tree
- Unplug lights before going to bed and do not overload electrical outlets
- Ensure any candles are in a sturdy holder away from children, pets and combustible materials. Blow all candles out before leaving the room
When cooking over the holiday season:
- Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires
- Keep a close eye on anyone attempting to cook or smoke while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol and fire are a dangerous mix
The Central York Fire Services also reminds everyone that Ontario law requires working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. It’s a good idea to check your smoke alarms and install a new battery at least once a year, or listen for low-battery warning sounds.
For more tips, visit www.cyfs.ca