Festive celebrations, colorful lights, and winter greens are hallmarks of the holiday season, but winter months are the leading time of the year for home fires. The Ventura Fire Department encourages you to review the following holiday safety information to learn more about purchasing the right tree, selecting fire-resistant decorations, and building a fire safe space for celebrating with family.
Choose the right tree
This live tree burn shows how quickly a dried-out tree burns, with flashover occurring in less than one minute, as compared to a well-watered tree, which burns at a much slower rate.
- Decorate with flame-resistant or non-combustible materials.
- Never burn pine trees or holiday wrapping paper in a fireplace. The sap from trees can create a fire hazard in your chimney.
- Keep the emergency escape route clear of trees, packages, and furniture.
- Dried tried are an EXTREME fire hazard. After Christmas, remove your tree from the house as soon as possible. Cut it up and dispose of it in your yard waste trash can. E.J. Harrison & Sons will recycle your tree by creating mulch that benefits local farmlands, orchards, and nurseries. Can't cut up your tree? Schedule a free pick-up with E.J.Harrison & Sons by calling 805-647-1414.