Christmas Tree Safety Tips

December 8, 2021

Brandon, MB – As you deck the halls this Holiday Season, Brandon Fire & Emergency Services wishes to remind the public of a few important fire prevention tips. Living Christmas trees are one of the most popular traditions of the season but can also be one of the most dangerous when it comes to the risk of fire. By following these tips, you can help keep your family safe during the holidays:   


Picking the Tree 

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched 


Placing the Tree 

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk 

  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights 

  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit 

  • Add water every day to the tree stand 


Lighting The Tree 

  • Ensure lights and extension cords are approved for use in Canada. Look for the mark of an accredited certification agency, such as CSA, cUL, or cETL. Keep in mind that some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use. 

  • Replace any string of lights that have worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections Read the manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect 

  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree 

  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed 


Other Holiday Entertaining Tips 

  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan 

  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles 

  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet 

  • Stay in the kitchen while cooking on the stovetop 

  • Ask smokers to smoke outside and to keep smoking materials safely away from children 


Before heading out or to bed, blow out lit candles and turn off all light strings and decorations.  

Brandon Fire & Emergency Services wishes you a safe and enjoyable holiday season!