Fire safety should be a priority during the holidays

Sherry Martell
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Fire safety should be a top priority for everyone during the holidays and provincial fire marshal Bob Cormier said there are many simple steps that can help eliminate a yuletide tragedy.
At that top of that list is keeping fresh Christmas trees well hydrated.
"Day-to-day fire safety extends to Christmas trees," said Cormier. "Like any piece of furniture, make sure that your tree is at least one metre away from any flame or heat source and that it is not placed where it may block exits."
Keeping a fresh tree well watered is not only vital to its decorative longevity but also makes it less susceptible to fire. A dry tree can ignite in a matter of seconds.
Cutting off five centimetres of the trunk to expose fresh wood creates better water absorption.
Other important tips include carefully inspecting new and used lights and decorations and replacing damaged items before plugging them in. Always use only CSA-approved lighting.
Use caution with holiday decorations and, whenever possible, choose items made with flame-resistant or non-combustible materials. Keep candles away from decorations and other flammable objects and substances.
"A fire on any day is bad but a fire at this time of year is particularly heartbreaking," said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. "While it's easy to get caught up in the holiday festivities, safety should be at the top of everyone's list."

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