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.
"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:
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!
Bath & Body Works Canada confirmed in January 2021 that it would finally be launching an online store in the fall. It was welcome news for Canadian customers, who know all too well the struggle of trying to track down their favourite products and having to either resort to the pricey U.S. online store or take a chance on long lines at their local shop.
But since that initial confirmation and a formal announcement that followed in July, Bath & Body Works fans have been in the dark. Fall 2021 is almost here and the company has released no further details. But MTL Blog can at the very least confirm the Canadian online store is still on track to launch this upcoming season.
There's magic in the air and the jingle bells are ringing — wait a minute. It's not Christmas, so what's going on? You're not hallucinating, you're just in Blainville on Montreal's North Shore, taking in the town's Christmas in July celebrations.
During your visit, you'll cross into an illuminated tunnel that'll transport you to a Christmas playground complete with elves, lit-up trees, and other giant decorations including a 25-foot-tall Christmas tree.
There is also a traditional Christmas market, so you can buy your gifts early. VERY early.
Blainville residents have even decorated their homes with Christmas lights to really immerse visitors in the Christmas spirit.
The site is open by reservation only during three time slots: 8:30 p.m., 9:15 p.m. or 10 p.m. You will have 45 minutes to stroll the area and take in all the wonderful sights.
Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.
By evaluating six metrics — "transparency in government," "transparency in society," "transparency in economy," "civic honesty," "perception of theft" and "car dealer reviews" — the company put our fine city in 54th place out of 350 cities included in the study.