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- Fact Sheet: Tips for staying safe this holiday season
- Water a live Christmas tree daily. Learn more about Christmas tree fire hazards — includes a video clip.
- Use UL approved lights and turn them off when you're not in room.
- Bounce the tree on the ground. If needles fall off it is dried out.
- Keep some space between your tree and a heat source, e.g., fireplace, heater.
- Recycle your tree after the holidays. Putting branches in your fireplace can be hazardous.
- Learn more excellent tips about holiday fire safety.
- Never fill kerosene heaters when they are hot.
- Have your house chimney cleaned regularly.
- Wood stoves should have adequate clearance (e.g., 36") from combustible surfaces.
- Keep discarded ashes in a metal container.
- Keep fire hydrants clear of snow so they can be seen and used when necessary.
- In Haunted Houses at Halloween, No Smoking signs should be posted.
- Use flame retardant materials in curtains and other decorative materials.
- Install smoke alarms in Haunted Houses even if only used for a week or two.
- Leave a fire lane outside for a fire truck if needed.
- Fireworks can cause property fires, human burns, lacerations and even death.