With the temperature dropping and holiday decorations going up, Nova Scotians are urged to take care and keep safety front and centre. “Electrical and fire safety can sometimes be forgotten in the excitement of installing Christmas lights and finding that perfect tree for the house,” said Minister Marilyn More, Labour and Workforce Development. “Following a few tips from the fire marshal can help make sure you and your family have safe and joyous holiday season.” “Unfortunately, this time of year we can see an increase in certain types of fires,” said Harold Pothier, acting Fire Marshal. “However, there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent potential fire hazzards when the weather gets colder and many of us are decorating with lights, trees and candles.” Over the holidays and winter months, always remember to: In addition, Nova Scotians should take care when installing their Christmas lights. Lights should be checked over carefully for wear, installed following the manufacturers instructions and should not be installed with staples. For more information on fire safety, contact the Office of the Fire Marshal at 1-800-559-3473. take care when cooking or smoking never discard fireplace or wood stove ashes in your green bin. Instead, place them outdoors in a metal container and away from your house. Let the ashes sit for at least 72 hours before disposing them never leave candles unattended. Keep out of the reach of children and pets, and place in a sturdy holder. Battery-operated candles and lights are safe and convenient alternatives water your natural tree, turn out the lights when not in use, and keep it away from heaters or any flammable objects.