Christmas trees are an exciting part of the holidays for many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, but they may also pose a significant fire risk if not properly managed.
Take the following steps to help protect your property and loved ones:
- When choosing a real tree, ensure it is fresh and the needles do not drop when touched;
- Ensure the tree is placed a safe distance (minimum one metre) from any sources of heat;
- Ensure the tree does not block any possible escape route from your home in the event of a fire;
- Always make a fresh cut about two inches from the base of the trunk before placing the tree in its stand; and
- Add water to the tree stand daily to slow the drying out process and reduce the risk of fire.
After the holidays, be sure to dispose of your tree properly:
- Do so as soon as possible, before it dries out;
- Check with your local government for proper disposal procedures; and
- Never store the tree in the home, garage, or against the side of a structure.
Follow the department on Twitter @MAE_GovNL for more holiday safety tips during the holiday season.
The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment wishes all residents a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you to all firefighters, fire departments, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services for your dedication throughout the year.