Holiday Fire Safety

Although safety precautions are easily overlooked in the excitement of the holidays, there are several simple steps you can take to increase fire safety during these fun-filled weeks.

Christmas Trees

  • Buy the freshest tree possible and keep it fresh throughout the season by sawing an inch off the bottom of the trunk and standing it in plenty of water.
  • Make sure the water reserve remains full as long as you have the tree displayed.
  • Dispose of your tree properly -- do not burn it in your fireplace as the type and dryness of the wood can cause chimney fires.

Holiday Lights

  • Make sure you only use holiday lights that are approved by the Underwriters Laboratories and have a U.L. tag.
  • Check all wires to ensure that they are not frayed or worn. Keep wires out of traffic areas and never run wires under carpeting.
  • Check the wires periodically to make sure that household pets have not chewed them.

Holiday Decorations

  • Make sure that your holiday decorations do not block exits from your home or business.
  • Make sure that decorations are well away from heat sources such as fireplaces and heating ducts so that they cannot catch fire.
  • Never use lit candles as decorations on or near Christmas trees or other flammable displays. 

Special Tips for Business Holiday Decorating

  • Never conceal or obstruct exits, exit lights, fire alarm pull boxes, fire hose cabinets, fire extinguishers, fire sprinkler heads, smoke detectors or other fire safety related items.
  • Do not run wiring for decorative lights through doorways, under carpeting or through holes in walls. It is strongly recommended that a power strip with an internal circuit breaker be used to connect the lights to the power outlet.
  • All decorations in exit corridors, lobbies, large assembly rooms and dining rooms should be made from non-flammable material or treated with a flame retardant solution or process approved by the State Fire Marshal.
  • All cut natural trees in a business must be fire retardant treated. The tree must have a tag showing the name of the chemical, registration number of the chemical, name of the applicator and the date of treatment.
  • Cut natural trees must be in water at all times to slow their natural drying process.
  • Do not use lit candles or open flames on or near trees or other flammable decoration
Kentfield Fire District wishes you a happy and safe holiday season!

Contact Us

1004 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
Kentfield, CA 94904
(415) 453-7464
Email Us

Ready Marin

ready marinReadyMarin provides training and education to promote disaster preparedness for Marin County residents


Marin Emergency Radio Authority (MERA) is a partnership of public agencies to provide and operate interoperable radio communications between all Marin agencies for efficient and effective emergency communications.

Aging & Adult Services

Aging & Adult Services is a unit within Marin County Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services, providing services and support for older persons and adults with disabilities to promote quality of life and independence.  Learn more...