Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – Tips for Holiday Fire Safety

Fire Squad Fire Safety Tips


The holiday season is a festive and joyous occasion to spend time with friends and family – but before sitting down to your holiday feast, learn how to keep your family safe this holiday season by reading holiday fire safety tips.


As part of the Holiday Fire Safety campaign, the Spectra Fire System’s Expert Team offers simple tips to enjoy a fire-safe holiday season:

  • Watch what you heat !

    The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year, which means it’s easy to get distracted from what we are doing. Cooking fires most commonly occur when cooking is left unattended. Always stay in the kitchen when cooking; especially if using oil or high temperatures. If a pot catches fire, carefully slide a tight-fitting lid over the pot to smother the flames and then turn off the heat.

  • Install and test smoke alarms on every store and outside all sleeping areas of your home. Don’t forget about carbon monoxide alarms if you have a fuel-burning appliance or attached garage. Install LPG or Natural gas leakage detector in your home to prevent accidents
  • Check all sets of lights before decoratingextension cord overload - holiday fire safety

    Before you put decorative lights on the tree or around the front windows or in balcony, check the cords closely. Discard any sets that are frayed or damaged. Don’t  overload the power sockets, distribute the load of heavy load lights on other some different sockets.
  • Do not overload extension cords. Make sure cords are never placed under rugs or furniture.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the sight and reach of children

    Keep lit candles away from children, pets and things that are flammable, such as curtains, clothes, bed or holiday decorations. Blow out candles before leaving the room or going to bed.

  • Never burn gift wrappings, boxes, cartons, or other types of packing in the fireplace. Keep the environment clean and healthy.
  • It’s time to trim that Christmas tree, and if you’re using a real tree, buy a fresh tree and keep the base of the trunk in water at all times. Keep your tree away from any ignition source such as the fireplace, heaters or candles.
  • Give room heater some spaceheater

    If you are using Room Heaters to help take the chill off, remember to keep them at least one meter (3 feet) away from anything that can burn such as curtains, upholstery, or holiday decorations.

  • Make sure everyone knows how to get out safely if a fire occurs

    Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with all members of the household and make sure someone helps young children, older adults or anyone else that may need assistance to evacuate.
  • In case of fire, call the fire department at 101 from outside the home, from a cellphone or neighbor’s home.
  • There’s more to responsible drinking than taking a cab homedrink responsibly_0

    With all the festive cheer this time of year, keep a close eye on anyone attempting to cook or smoke while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol is all too often a common factor in many fatal fires.
  • Encourage smokers to smoke outsideno smoking holiday fire safety

    Careless smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires. If you do allow smoking indoors use large, deep ashtrays that can’t be knocked over and make sure cigarette filters are properly extinguished.
  • Keep Fire Extinguisher Ready and Train your family on how to use fire extinguisher. To read more about fire extinguisher Click here :

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Lights & Electrical Fire Safety

  • Indoors or outside, always use ISI Approved and Good Quality lights.  Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets.
  • Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
  • Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.
  • Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house walls, or other firm supports to protect the lights from wind damage. Use only insulated staples, not nails or tacks, to hold strings in place. Or, run strings of lights through hooks (available at hardware stores).
  • Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.
  • For added electric-shock protection, plug outdoor electric lights and decorations into circuits protected by ground connection.


  • Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree. Choose tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or non-leaded metals. Leaded materials are hazardous if ingested by children.
  • Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens. Always use non-flammable holders, and place candles where they will not be knocked down.
  • In homes with small children, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable, keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children to avoid the child swallowing or inhaling small pieces, and avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a child to eat them.
  • Wear gloves to avoid eye and skin irritation while decorating with spun glass . Follow container directions carefully to avoid lung irritation while decorating with artificial snow sprays.

Keep Fire Extinguisher ready – Remember holiday fire safety tips

  • Ensure Fire Extinguisher is Easily Accessible, the extinguisher is not obstructed by file cabinets, storage bins, or any similar items.
  • Make sure the Fire extinguisher is mounted in a location where it is visible and easy to access during an emergency.
  • Check the tamper-seal to verify it is not broken or missing.
  • Ensure the pull-pin is not missing.
  • Check the pressure gauge to make sure the indicator is in the operating range (the needle should be located in the green portion of the gauge)
    Note: Carbon Dioxide extinguishers do not have a gauge. The only method for verifying a carbon dioxide extinguisher is fully-charged is to weigh the unit, and weighing extinguishers is outside the scope of the normal visual inspection.
  • Check the extinguisher for obvious physical damage, corrosion, leakage, or a clogged nozzle, and report any problems with installed extinguishers to Fire Prevention Services so we can make corrective measures.
  • Keep track of when the last professional inspection was; This information is likely written on a paper inspection tag, and on Fire Prevention Services monitors the dates of annual inspections through bar codes/Date of Purchase on the Fire Extinguishers.
  • Fire Extinguisher Inspection and Service - holiday fire safety
    Know what type of fire extinguisher is Installed at your home

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