December 10, 2015

Deck the Halls with a Safe Christmas Tree This Holiday Season

Today, Saskatoon Eastview MLA Corey Tochor, on behalf of Government Relations Minister Jim Reiter, joined Saskatoon Mayor Donald Atchison at a demonstration of a natural Christmas tree burn to remind citizens to be fire safe this holiday season.

“During the busy Christmas season, remember to add fire safety to the top of your holiday list, as you prepare to celebrate this wonderful time of year,” Tochor said.
“As we celebrate this season, I hope families will make fire safety a tradition in their holiday plans,” Atchison said.  “Please take a few minutes to make sure your home is always a safe and welcoming place for friends and loved ones.”

Picking a tree:
When choosing a real Christmas tree, pick one with fresh, green needles that don’t fall off when touched.  At home, and before placing the tree in a stand, cut at least two inches from the base of the tree trunk.  Make sure the tree’s base is watered right away with it immersed at all times, then check and water it daily.

Placing, decorating and disposing of a tree:
The tree should be placed at least three feet from any heat source like fireplaces, radiators, candles and heat vents.  Tree decoration light strings should be approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), discarded if damaged, and never left on when leaving home or going to sleep.  Trees should also be disposed of quickly after celebrating the holidays.

Smoke alarms:
Remember to check your home’s smoke alarms before the holidays and test them monthly.  Everyone in your home should understand a smoke alarm’s sound and know they are to exit a building quickly and calmly before calling the fire department.

For fire safety message videos, visit the Government of Saskatchewan at and the City of Saskatoon at

The Ministry of Government Relations includes the Emergency Management and Fire Safety Branch and the Office of the Fire Commissioner of Saskatchewan.