Deck The Halls…

Lights, trees, candles, and boughs of holly… they all help to make the holidays warm and welcoming. But if we’re not careful, your cozy Christmas could become a catastrophe. Here are some important tips to help you deck the halls in a fire-smart way:

  1. Ensure real trees are freshly cut with a strong green colour and fragrance. Place tree in 2-3 litres of water, away from all heat sources. Top up water daily, and discard tree within 10-14 days.
  2. Choose flame-retardant, non-combustible and non-conductive decorations.
  3. Use only CSA-certified light sets; and never use indoor sets, outdoors; and vice-versa.
  4. Do not overload electrical outlets or run wires under carpet or rugs; and do not coil or bunch wires together.
  5. Inspect all light sets before use and replace bulbs or faulty wires immediately.
  6. Never use electric lights on metallic trees.
  7. Turn off all tree and display lights before going to bed or leaving the house.
  8. Place candles in sturdy holders on a stable surface, far from children, pets, and anything flammable. Never leave a lit candle unattended.
  9. Never burn gift wrappings in a fireplace. Their fast burn generates far too much heat.
  10. Keep Christmas stockings away from the mantel, and use a screen when fireplace is lit.
  11. Never use gasoline or any other flammable liquids to start a fire.
  12. Never leave a fire unattended or smouldering. Clean ashes regularly by placing in a metal container and storing, outside, away from flammable materials.

For even more fire-safe tips, visit the Canada Safety Council at www.canadasafetycouncil.org. Remember, by making smart, thoughtful choices, you can help ensure your family enjoys a safe and memorable holiday season. And Steers is always here with friendly advice and service. Have a Happy and Safe Holiday!