• Email
  • Print

Holiday Safety

Please read below for some important safety tips to keep in mind this holiday season. You may also refer to the National Fire Protection Association website for more tips. 

Christmas Safety

Christmas Trees

  • When choosing a tree, look for ones that are green with pliable needles. If you have an artificial tree make sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant.
  • Cut one to two inches (1-2") off the end of the trunk and score the base.  This will allow the tree to absorb more water.
  • Place the tree at least three feet (3') away from any heat source and make sure it is not blocking an exit.
  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory.  It is also important to note if the lights are for indoor or outdoor use.
  • When stringing the lights on the tree, be careful of placement.  Keep all bulbs turned away from gifts and paper ornaments.  Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.

Christmas Decorations

  • Always turn off lights on trees and other decorations at the end of the night or when leaving the home.  A short circuit in any of this equipment could cause a fire.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree. 
  • Keep children away from light sets and electrical decorations. All lights present a hazard for curious kids.
  • Keep drapes, curtains and decorative fabrics away from lights in windows and other sources of ignition.

After the Holidays

  • Dispose of the tree as soon as it begins to drop needles.  Dried-out trees create a serious fire danger and should not be left inside the home or garage, or left outside, against the home.  Check the City of Carlsbad home page for information on tree recycling.

Halloween Safety

  • Ensure proper costume fit to prevent tripping and falling.
  • Purchase only flame retardant costumes and masks.
  • When trick-or-treating, wear something reflective, carry a flashlight or glowstick, and travel in groups.
  • Check all treats carefully before eating them.  Throw away unwrapped candy and fruit.
  • Do not use a candle to light a jack-o-lantern.  It is safest to use a flashlight or battery operated candle.
  • Never use combustible materials in a haunted house, especially styrofoam or other plastics, gauze like materials and other loose flammables such as leaves and papers.  These materials can quickly cause the spread of fire.

Fourth of July

The City of Carlsbad explicitly prohibits the sale or use of any fireworks.  Only those people who have special licenses are allowed "Controlled" fireworks displays.  Please consult the newspaper or local activity calendar for approved, licensed fireworks displays in and around the City of Carlsbad.  Residents can report illegal use of fireworks by calling 9-1-1.