When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant." Although this label does not mean the tree won't catch fire, it does indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green and needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.
When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces, and radiators. Because heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly, be sure to keep the stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of foot traffic and do not block doorways.
Tree disposal after the holidays – when you’re ready to get rid of your tree, please do not burn it in a fireplace or wood stove. The rapid burning and excessive heat can damage the firebox and chimney, creating a serious fire hazard. Bring your tree to the drop off area in the Activity Centre parking lot instead.