Mobile Fire-Rescue releases holiday safety tips

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The Mobile Fire-Rescue Department has holiday safety tips as we enter the winter months.


  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents, or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily. 


  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to connect.
  • Keep decorations away from windows and doors


  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • Blow out lit candles when you go to bed or leave the home.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Never operate a motor vehicle when under the influence of alcohol.

“As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. “

MFRD- press release

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