Albuquerque Fire Department offers safety tips for the holidays

Christmas lights

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Fire safety officials are urging people to properly plan for the holidays this year.

The Albuquerque Fire Department has given people these safety tips:

Christmas Trees

  • Trees need about an inch cut off the end of the trunk. This will remove the dried end and allow the tree to absorb water.
  • Make sure and mount the tree securely and away from any combustible materials or heat sources such as fireplaces or candles.
  • Water the tree every day.
  • When the needles get brittle or dull and begin to fall from the tree, it is time for the tree to go outside.


  • Use lights that are UL approved. Check every set of lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, and loose connect ions before using. Throw away anything that is not in perfect condition.
  • Use no more than three sets of lights per single extension. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always turn off all tree lights and decorations before you go to bed or leave your home.

Candles and Luminarias

  • Never place a burning candle or luminaria near anything that can ignite, such as curtains, trees, brush, or wood porches.
  • Always keep candles and luminaries away from children and pets as they could get burned.
  • Never light luminaries during windy conditions where the bag could ignite and burning debris could spread the fire.
  • Monitor candles and luminaries when burning, never leave the room or go to bed without fully extinguishing the flame.

Smoke Alarms

  • Working smoke alarms alerts you to a fire and more than doubles your chance of surviving a fire.
  • Install smoke alarms in every home, on every level, outside each sleeping area and in each bedroom.
  • Test your smoke alarms each month to make sure they are working.
  • When the smoke alarm sounds, get out fast then call 911!

Have an Escape Plan

  • Plan your escape- know two ways out of every room
  • Have a “safe” spot that everyone goes to across the street.
  • Practice at least once a month so everyone knows what to do if a fire occurs. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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