Fire department offers holiday safety tips

As you are decorating for the holidays, the Columbus Fire Department wants you to take care to avoid fire dangers.

Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the department, said that if you are putting a up a Christmas tree, you should never place the tree in a location that is in front of a heat source. He said that if you get a natural tree, you should cut the base at a 45 degree angle and keep the tree stand full of water at all times.

You should never leave Christmas tree lights unattended, and any decorations should be non-combustible.

Other tips include:

Christmas lights

  • Don’t connect more than 3 strands of mini light sets.
  • Inspect lights each year looking for frayed wires, bare spots and excessive wear.
  • Don’t leave lights unattended.


  • Consider using battery-operated candles.
  • Ensure candles are placed a safe distance, at least 12 inches, from combustible materials.
  • Don’t leave candles unattended.

Wilson also said that normal safety tips apply, including making sure every home has working smoke detectors and every family should have an escape plan. If you need help with the smoke detectors or coming up with an escape plan, you can contact the fire department at (812) 376-2679.