Winter Holiday Fire Safety


Winter Holiday Fire Safety

There is no place like home for the holidays. A few simple steps will keep your home safe for your family and guests for this holiday season.


  • Never use candles as decorations.
  • christmas tree
    Keep tree away from heat sources.
  • Never place a tree in front of an exit door or in a pathway leading to an exit.
  • Water a cut tree daily.
  • Use a “non-tip” style tree stand.
  • Use only fire-retardant decorations.
  • Never leave a lit tree unattended.
  • Ensure a fire extinguisher is accessible away from the tree.
  • Dispose of your tree properly, soon after the holiday before needles dry out.
  • Artificial trees should have a fire-retardant label.


  • Unplug all lighting before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Blow out candles before leaving the room. Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Consider replacing traditional wax candles with flameless LED candles.  
  • Purchase lights and electric decorations which are listed by an approved testing agency e.g. Underwriters Laboratory Inc.
  • Check all lighting for frayed wires, broken plugs, sockets, etc.
  • Never overload outlets. Use power strips with a built-in circuit breaker if needed.
  • Never use candles on trees or near other flammable decorations.
  • Never hang lights on a metallic tree.
  • Always use appropriate weatherproof lights outdoors.



  • Establish a “safety area” in your kitchen to deep small children confined and away from hot surfaces, hot liquids, and flames.
  • Allow appliances to cool before putting them away.  Never wrap cords around warm appliances.
  • Do not leave cooking food unattended.
  • Keep all paper and cloth materials away from heat sources.
  • To prevent pot handles from getting bumped or grabbed, turn them inward toward the middle of the stove.
  • Be consistent in cleaning grease and food off the stove.
  • Check exhaust filters for dirt and grease build-up. Clean them on a regular basis.
  • Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves while cooking; loose sleeves could easily catch fire.
  • Do not hold children while cooking.
  • Use only microwave safe dishes in the microwave; never microwave metal dishes.