If any year was going to end with a bang, such as a Christmas tree fire, 2020 would be it. That's why it's very important we follow the City of Montreal's tips for celebrating the holiday season safely. After all, the last thing any of us needs right now is a trip to the hospital.

Alongside a terrifying photo, the city shared its advice for not lighting your Christmas tree on fire, among other important facets of staying safe over the holidays. 

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"Check out our prevention tips for your tree to help you have a memorable holiday season... for the right reasons!" reads the Facebook caption.

Here's the city's official advice:

Christmas Tree

  • Install the Christmas tree away from heat sources (electric baseboards, heaters, fireplaces, etc.).
  • Turn off the lights on your tree before going to sleep and when you leave the house.
  • Keep the tree outside and in the shade as long as possible to prevent it from drying out.
  • Cut off the base of the tree by about one centimetre before placing it in a container filled with water.
  • Add water daily to the base of the tree.

Candles and lights

  • Turn off the lights of interior and exterior decorations before going to sleep and when no one is home.
  • Place candles in a place out of reach of children or pets and where they are not likely to be knocked over.
  • Protect the flames of candles with a non-combustible container.
  • Extinguish all candles before leaving a room or going to sleep.

The city also recommends ensuring your home has accessible emergency exits, checking your kitchen appliances, making sure your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms are working and setting a timer when cooking. 

Have a happy holiday season, everyone, and stay safe!

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