Be safe this Christmas
Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they are more likely to be serious.
Placing the tree
- 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.
- Ensure the tree stand is extended and fixed.
Lighting the tree
- Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read 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 or better still run on timer.
- Get rid of the tree after Christmas. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.
- Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.
- Re pack as neat as possible ready for next year and store in dry place.
Contact Survival Solutions for information on all fire safety procedures on 1300 040 362