Be Safe during the Holiday Season

December 1, 2014  //  

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Be Safe during the Holiday Season

Don’t be too busy to be safe during the holiday season! Follow these important safety tips:

Holiday Trees

  • Place your tree away from fireplaces, heaters and other heat sources.
  • Don’t use candles on or near the tree.
  • If you have a live tree, keep it in a sturdy base filled with water. Check the water level every day.
  • Safely dispose of your tree before it becomes dangerously dry. Never burn the tree or tree parts in your fireplace.

Holiday Lights

  • Use “UL” approved lights.
  • Examine all indoor and outdoor lights for frayed cords and replace if necessary.
  • Lights should not touch combustible materials.
  • "Indoor" lights should never be used outdoors.
  • Avoid using extension cords, but if you do, follow instructions carefully.
  • Do not overload electrical circuits such as wall outlets and extension cords. Use a circuit strip.

Holiday Gift Wrap

  • Keep papers, bows and trims away from heat sources such as fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, etc.
  • Never burn gift wrappings in your fireplace.

Fireplaces and Wood Stoves

  • Have chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney specialist.
  • Leave glass doors open while burning a fire to prevent creosote buildup.
  • Install a stovepipe thermometer to help monitor flue temperature.

Get helpful winter safety information at


Prepared by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, December 2014
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