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Make Fire Safety a Holiday Tradition

Released on December 20, 2017

The Government of Saskatchewan reminds everyone to be fire safe this holiday season by highlighting a classic seasonal video demonstrating just how quickly a natural Christmas tree can ignite, if not cared for properly.

“In the hustle and the bustle of the holiday season, it can be easy to overlook safety,” Government Relations Minister Larry Doke said.  “Please make time to ensure your home is fire safe this season because safety should never take a holiday.”

Holiday fire safety tips:
  • If you want a real Christmas tree, choose one with fresh, green needles.  Check they don’t fall off when touched.
  • Before placing a tree in your home, cut at least two inches from the base of the trunk.  Ensure the base of the tree is immersed with water at all times.  Check and water it daily.
  • A tree should be placed at least three feet from any heat source like fireplaces, radiators, candles and heat vents.
  • Decorative lights should be approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).  They should be discarded, if damaged.  They should also never be left on when leaving home or going to sleep.
  • After celebrating the holidays, a natural tree should be disposed of quickly.  Check with your municipality for disposal options.
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly.
  • In the event of an emergency, call 911.
To watch what can happen when a natural Christmas tree ignites, visit  The video was produced by the Ministry of Government Relations and the City of Saskatoon in 2015.

Have a safe and happy holiday.


For more information, contact:

Kathy Ward
Government Relations
Phone: 306-787-2687

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