Top 6 tips for a fire-free Christmas Between fragrant Christmas trees, gar- lands of twinkling lights and crackling wood fires, the holidays are definitely an enchanting time of year. However, it’s important to be cautious with all those lavish decorations. To prevent house fires during this fes- tive season, you’ll have to do more Don’t overload electrical circuits, and never run extension cords under carpets, through doorways or in high-traffic areas. 3. Keep the mantelpiece clear of flam- mable decorations (branches, stockings, etc.), and never burn wrapping paper or wood from your Christmas tree in the fireplace. Once ignited, these materi-

water. Place the tree far from heat sources, and water it every day so it doesn’t dry out. Finally, take down your tree after 14 days at the most, even if it still looks relatively healthy. 6. Lastly, make sure that your decora-

tions don’t obstruct emergency exits, in- cluding doors and windows.

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than just test your smoke detectors. Follow these pre- cautionary meas- ures for a Christmas that’s as safe as it is merry! 1. Place candles on a stable surface far from flammable items like curtains and wrapped gifts, and make sure they’re kept out of your children’s and pets’ reach when lit. 2. Verify that your lights are in good condition and suit- able for outdoor use, when applicable.


als can become air- borne and land on your roof or in your backyard. 4. Turn off all Christmas decora- tions before going to bed or leaving your home. Most import- antly, never leave a lit candle unattended! 5. Choose a freshly cut tree with healthy needles that don’t easily fall out. Make a bevel cut at the base of the trunk and se- cure the tree in a con- tainer filled with two to three litres of

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