Holiday Fire Safety

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Holiday Fire Safety

 Each year, fires during the holiday season injure British Columbians and cause thousands of dollars in property damage. There are simple life-saving steps that can prevent fires.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner offers some basic fire safety tips, so British Columbians can enjoy a fire-safe holiday season:

Candle Safety and Holiday Decorating

  • Use non-combustible containers for tea lights and votive candles. Battery-operated candles are an excellent alternative
  • Place candles in a location where they can’t be knocked over or come in contact with combustible items, such as curtains
  • Blow out all candles before leaving the room or going to bed
  • Decorate with flame-retardant or non-combustible materials
  • Keep Christmas trees, wrapping and decorations away from heat sources
  • Keep your real Christmas tree fresh by watering it often. Consider a fire resistant artificial tree as an alternative
  • Use only lights which have been tested and labelled by an approved testing laboratory
  • Always turn tree lights off before leaving home or going to sleep. Consider using approved timers to preset the on and off times.

Source:  Office of the Fire Commissioner of BC Website