Drumheller Fire Chief Bruce Wade wants people to be careful with Christmas trees. Although the new, artificial trees are somewhat fire resistant, the same can't be said for the old natural pine, fir or spruce trees.
"Natural trees don't seem to be as popular as what they used to be, but anytime a person brings a natural tree into their home for Christmas, make sure it's not too dry, have it put in water and keep it well watered," he advised. "Keep it away from any heat sources that could cause it to catch fire."
"Basically, when they get dry they explode, they burn very, very quickly," cautioned Wade. "There's all kinds of YouTube videos on how quickly they will ignite and burn. Again, candles are a no-no (as are) open flames; any lights should be CFA or UFC approved."
Wade says it's really just a matter of using common sense and following the same fire safety rules he recommends for families year round.
"Have working smoke detectors and a basic safety plan," he advised. "If it did happen to catch on fire, where does everybody exit? Where do they meet, and to leave the house and call 911."
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