27 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Tips on Holiday Decoration Safety in Ottawa

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa, be safe when decorating your Ottawa rental.  To ensure a joyous holiday in any rentals in Ottawa, do not leave candles unattended and always have adult supervision for children around candles.  Make sure your live Christmas tree has plenty of water – it’s a good idea to check it daily.  If you use strings of lights, check the wires, sockets and connections.

            

Other tips when decorating houses or apartments for rent in Ottawa are:

Trees

  • If you buy an artificial tree, look for the label “Fire Resistant,” which indicates the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly if it does ignite.
  • If you buy a live tree, check for freshness – is it green?  Are the needles are hard to pull from the branches?
  • When setting up a live tree at home, keep it well away from fireplaces and heaters.

Lights

  • Only use lights that have been tested for safety by a recognised testing laboratory.
  • Check each set of lights for broken sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets. Always replace burnt bulbs with the same wattage bulbs.
  • Turn off all holiday lights when you go to bed or leave the house.  You do not want to run the risk of the lights shorting out and starting a fire.

Decorations

  • Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to decorate a tree.
  • Never use lit candles on a tree or near other evergreens. Always use non-flammable holders, and place candles where they will not be knocked down.
  • Follow container directions carefully to avoid lung irritation while decorating with artificial snow sprays.

Fireplaces

  • Do not burn wrapping paper in the fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.

 

MORE INFORMATION

GENERAL

http://www.ottawa.ca/

OTTAWA FIRE SERVICES

http://www.ottawa.ca/health_safety/emergency/fire_safety/index_en.html

Image By: JD Hancock 

Leave a Reply