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Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

Dec 15, 2023 | 0 comments

The Town of Innisfail wants you to have a happy – and safe – holiday season. Here are some tips for minimizing the risk of a home fire this holiday season.

There are many things to consider when decorating for the holidays. All decorations should be flame resistant or flame retardant, and when possible, avoid using real candles or sources of open flames.

Christmas trees are often overlooked as a potential fire hazard, so here are a few Christmas tree safety tips:

  • Look for a Christmas tree that is fresh and green. The needles should bend instead of break and the base of the stump should have fresh resin residue.
  • Christmas trees are flammable, especially if they are very dry. After contact with an open flame, a dry tree can be totally consumed in less than a minute. Click here to watch a video showing how quickly a dry natural tree can be consumed by flames.
  • Choose a tree stand with a broad base that provides solid support and that has a large water reservoir. The tree stump should always be immersed in water.
  • If you are using an artificial tree, make sure it is made of flame resistant or flame-retardant material.
  • Do not set up the tree near a heat source such as a fireplace or heating duct, and be aware that even appliances can be source of ignition.
  • Avoid using real candles or open sources of flame on your tree.
  • After the holidays, properly dispose of trees through the Town of Innisfail’s annual Christmas Tree Pick-Up campaign.

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