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.