Kevin Reade, Halifax Regional Fire Service

Ashley King talks with Kevin Reade from the Halifax Regional Fire Service about Christmas fire safety.  Click through for more tips on staying safe this holiday.



On the 1st Day of Christmas

Ensure your Christmas lights conform to CSA or ULC standards.

If using exterior lights, ensure they are plugged into a

GFI protected outlet.



On the 2nd Day of Christmas 

Never place candles near Christmas trees, furnishings,

or other combustibles.

Candle with Care!

Make use of LED type battery operated candles, they are much safer.


On the 3rd Day of Christmas

Make sure your family & any visitors staying for the holidays know what to do in an emergency. Make a Fire Escape Plan.



On the 4th  Day of Christmas

Decorations can burn very easily.

Don’t attach them to lights or heaters.



On the 5th Day of Christmas 

Never overload electrical outlets.

Take special care with Christmas tree and decorative lights.

Take advantage of lower wattage, cooler LED-style lights.

Always turn off lights before going to bed and unplug any cords.



On the 6th Day of Christmas 

Celebrate Christmas and New Year safely.
The risk of accidents — especially in the kitchen,

is greater after alcohol is consumed.


On the 7th Day of Christmas 

Most residential fires start in the kitchen.

NEVER leave cooking unattended.


On the 8th Day of Christmas 

If you are planning to celebrate with fireworks ensure you have a safe product, and follow all safety regulations that govern family fireworks. Proper clearances from combustibles should be strictly adhered to. Always keep a bucket of water nearby.

Never go back to a lit firework.

Remember, fireworks can be dangerous.

Children should be kept back the proper distances.

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On the 9th Day of Christmas 

Make sure any smoking materials are completely extinguished

before going to bed.



On the 10th Day of Christmas

Test your smoke alarm once a month, and use the holiday season as a reminder to clean it and remove dust.


On the 11th Day of Christmas

Keep candles, matches & lighters out of reach of children.

Never leave burning candles unattended.

When you GO OUT – BLOW OUT!


On the 12th Day of Christmas


Take time to check on elderly relatives & neighbours this holiday season. Make sure they are fire safe.


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