December 1st is coming this weekend and for many this begins the Christmas season in earnest and there will be thoughts of trimming the tree in the coming weeks; that’s why the Brantford Fire Department took to Twitter to remind us about fire safety when it comes to the Christmas tree.
A dried out Christmas tree surrounded by heat sources is nothing but a fire waiting to happen, to avoid this potentially catastrophic holiday disaster there are some tips to follow which will help keep you, your family, and your home safe this season.
- When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant.” Although this label does not mean the tree won’t catch fire, it does indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
- When choosing a real tree, pick one that has been freshly cut; needles should not fall off when touched.
- Make a fresh cut five centimetres (two inches) off the base of the trunk before placing the tree in the stand.
- Add water to the tree stand every day.
- Make sure the tree is at least one metre (three feet) away from any heat source like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights.
- Never place lit candles on the tree.
- Discard the tree when it dries out and large amounts of needles begin to fall off.
These tips will help ensure you trim the tree with fire safety in mind and should help make your holidays a happy one. If you would like more Holiday Fire Safety tips you can find them at www.oafc.on.ca/holiday-fire-safety or visit the Brantford Fire Department page of Brantford.ca