Safety tips before decking the halls

Christmas fun comes with certain risks when decorating your home.

Posted: Nov 27, 2020 7:14 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Picking up your tree and hanging up lights are just two of the ways to prepare for Christmas.

But, it is still November.

Why the rush?

Nora Hunter and her family decided to decorate early.

Her reason: “Excited children. The magic of the holidays. I feel like kind of in this COVID time, we have new rules of when we can get excited about things. I would’ve waited a little longer but let's do it.”

While it’s nice to have your decorations up early, there are some precautions you should take before setting up your tree.

Batt. Chief Wes Metroka from Chico Fire told us, “The holiday season is a fun time of year but it is also one that brings some unique hazards for fire for us. I think the big three for us are Christmas trees, candles/fireplace, and then electrical.”

According to Metroka, he urges people who have Christmas trees to keep them hydrated, water daily and avoid close contact with heat sources.

For candles, place them in a safe spot where they won’t easily fall and don’t leave them burning for too long.

And for Christmas lights…inspect the cords and unplug them when they are not in use

Since fires are more common during the holidays, we asked Metroka what general suggestions he would give to those celebrating the holiday.

“Just be careful where you put things,” he said. “Floor heaters need to be away from combustibles. Packages and Christmas gifts…people have a lot of those stacked around so keep them away from the fireplace, from the portable wall or floor heaters. Just overall good housekeeping this time of year is really important to make sure you don’t have a fire in the house.”

With the onset of cold weather and use of heaters, Chico Fire suggests to double check your smoke and CO2 detectors to make sure they are operational.

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