Have a Safe and Happy Halloween
Richmond Fire-Rescue would like to remind the public:
- Trick or treaters should carry a flashlight or glow stick.
- Inspect all treats before consuming.
- Stay on sidewalks and in well-lit areas.
- Be visible.
- Have fire resistant costumes.
Richmond Fire-Rescue Offers Holiday Safety Tips
When trees are decorated, candles are lit, and everyone gets into the festive spirit. Richmond Fire-Rescue would like to remind the public to take extra care and keep loved-ones safe from potential holiday hazards.
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!