Happy and safe holidays!

The holidays are a time of celebration with family and friends. Lights, Christmas trees and candles decorate your home. However, there are some rules to keep in mind for safe and happy holidays. Here are a few tips:    

Christmas tree

  • Set up your Christmas tree away from any heat source, and where it won’t block evacuation routes. 
  • Always keep the base of natural trees well watered. 
  • Turn out Christmas tree lights when going to bed or leaving the house. 
  • After you’re done with your tree, call 311 or your municipality to ask about pick-up dates.


Decorative lights

  • Use lights with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) seal and make sure that your strings of lights aren’t frayed or cracked, with exposed wires.
  • LED lights certified by CSA or Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) are best, since they give off less heat because they use less energy.



  • Opt for electric candles.
  • Set candles in glass holders designed for this purpose, to contain the flame and keep it away from flammable materials.
  • Place candles somewhere they won’t tip over, out of reach of children and pets.
  • Blow out all candles when leaving a room or going to bed.

Cooking fires

  • Never leave cooking food unattended. 
  • Never store anything in the oven or on top of the stove. 
  • Keep children away from the stove.

 Also make sure your exits are unobstructed, and keep balconies and stairways snow-free at all times.


Read our full prevention fact sheets to spend a safe Holiday season (French);

Electricity security tips

Christmas tree security tips

 General holiday's security tips

Don’t forget that the smoke detector is your best ally in case of a fire. You must install one smoke detector per floor and maintain it in working order

 Lastly, to learn more prevention tips visit the SIM web site at < ville.montreal.qc.ca/sim/en/prevention-tips