Keeping Fire Safe During the Holidays
The holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for household fires. When the source of fire is a highly flammable Christmas tree, the toll in lives and property is even greater. To keep your household from becoming a holiday fire statistic, the Vista Fire Department offers a Christmas tree fire safety checklist to keep you and your family safe during the holiday season.
- Select a tree with fresh green needles that don't fall off when you touch it. Fresh trees are less likely to catch fire.
- Place the tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
- Water the tree every day. A dry tree is dangerous, because it can catch on fire easily. Keep the tree base filled with water to avoid a dry out.
- Make sure all your indoor and outdoor Christmas lights have been tested in a lab by the UL or ETL/ITSNA for safety, and throw out any damaged lights.
- Any lights you use outdoors must be labeled suitable for exterior placement, and be sure to plug them into a ground-fault circuit interrupter protected receptacle.
- Keep all your holiday candles away from your Christmas tree, surrounding furniture and décor.
- Bedtime means lights off! Don’t forget to turn Christmas tree lights off each night.
Most importantly, the Vista Fire Department reminds the public to make sure smoke detectors are working properly.
Vista Fire Department