Tis the Season, For Safety!

(Penticton - December 14, 2017) - Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together.  The Penticton Fire Department would like to remind the community to follow a few simple tips that will ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.


Nearly half of decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

  • Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.  Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards.
  • Use clips, not nails or staples to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other flammable material.
  • Extinguish lit candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  • Test smoke alarms and tell guests about your home escape plan.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a secure location.

Christmas tree Safety

One quarter of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems.

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.  Look for flexible needles that don’t break, and a trunk with sap.
  • Add water to the tree stand.  Be sure to add water daily.
  • Artificial trees should be flame resistant and have a seal from an approved safety testing laboratory.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles heat vents or lights.

If you have questions regarding burning regulations and/or permanent wood burning outdoor fireplaces please contact the Penticton Fire Department at 250-490-2300.



Chris Forster

Deputy Fire Chief

City of Penticton