2017 Winter Holiday Safety
Dec 12, 2017
The Holiday Season is upon us! While it's easy to get caught up in the festive spirit, make sure to stay fire-smart when decorating your home and Christmas tree!
Christmas Tree Safety
- Always choose a tree with fresh, green needles that stay on the tree when touched.
- Cut two inches from base of the trunk, then place into the tree stand.
- Trees should be placed at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
- Tress should be cleared from any exits
- Be sure to add water daily to the tree stand to keep the tree fresh and green.
Lighting the Tree
- Use lights that have been listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
- Make sure that you only use lights for their intended location, indoor or outdoor.
- Replace lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Make sure to refer to the manufacturer's instructions for correct installation.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree
- Make sure to turn off tree lights before leaving your house or going to bed.
After Christmas - Tree Disposal
- Make sure to dispose of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire hazard.
- On January 6 and 7, 2018 Delta Lions Club will be hosting tree chipping services throughout Delta. Learn more here.
- Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
- Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn easily.
- Use clips instead of nails to hang lights. This protects cords from getting damaged
- Keep doorways, windows, and other exits clear of decorations
- Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan
- Keep lit candles away from children and pets
- keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet
- Be present for any cooking on a stovetop
- Ask smokers to smoke outside, and provide a large deep ashtray for them to discard butts.
For any fire or emergency, please dial 9-1-1. Be sure to take a look at some helpful tips to keep you prepared for the upcoming winter season.