Put a freeze on home fires this holiday season


    Home fires are more common during the holidays than in any other season. Last year, Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services responded to four residential fires causing more than $500,000 in damage during the holiday season. Two of these fires were caused by leaving a stove unattended.

    Have a safe holiday season by remembering these important fire safety tips:

    • Always stub smoking materials such as cigarettes completely out and dispose of them safely.
    • Ensure space heaters are at least one metre away from all combustibles such as drapes or curtains. Space heaters should be plugged directly into the wall, not into extension cords.
    • Candles should be in a sturdy holder and should never be left unattended.
    • Holiday wires and extension cords should be replaced immediately if bare spots or fraying occur.
    • Ensure natural Christmas trees are watered regularly and placed away from heat.
    • Extension cords are rated and should be used only for the equipment for which they are rated.


    For more information contact: 

    Mark Hoveling

    Fire Prevention Officer



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