Holiday SafetyRichmond Fire-Rescue Offers Holiday Safety Tips
It’s that time of year again when trees are decorated, candles are lit, and everyone gets into the festive spirit. But this is also the time to take extra care and keep loved-ones safe from potential holiday hazards.
Most fires related to this festive time can be prevented. We want everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season by taking a few fire safety precautions at home and at work.
Richmond Fire-Rescue offers the following holiday safety and Christmas tree care tips:
- Choose a sturdy, stable tree-stand that will not easily tip. If it is for a cut tree, ensure it has a large water reservoir and refill it daily.
- Make a fresh cut on the bottom of the cut tree base prior to placing it in the reservoir stand.
- Ensure live trees have no brown spots or loose needles. Check the roots daily and keep the soil moist.
- Make sure your artificial tree is labelled as fire-retardant.
- Use lights which are in good condition and tested and labelled by ULC or CSA. Never use indoor lights outside.
- Avoid overloading electrical circuits or extension cords.
- Always unplug Christmas tree and other indoor decorating lights before leaving home or going to sleep.
- Keep candles well away from trees, decorations and other combustibles, and never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Place your tree at least one metre (three feet) from fireplaces or other heat sources. Never place your tree where it may block access to an exit.
- Safely dispose of cut trees as soon as possible after Christmas. Dried-out trees are highly flammable and should not be left in a house or garage, or placed against the house.
For more information, please contact Richmond Fire-Rescue Fire Prevention Division at 604-278-5131.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!