CORNING - In order for everyone to celebrate the holiday season in a safe manner, incident free, the Corning Fire Department reminds residents guidelines to prevent tragedies that can and do happen.

Corning Fire Chief Brad Davies said residents can safeguard their homes and families this holiday season by following these common-sense safety recommendations.

n Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.

n Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.

n Be sure to add water to live trees daily.

n Use lights and have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.

n Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.

n Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect.

n Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the second and third leading days for cooking fires respectively. Most cooking fires occur when left unattended.

n Turn all handles inward while cooking to avoid accidents.

n Candles should never be placed within the reach of children or pets. Never place a candle near any items that may catch fire.

n Turn off all lights and extinguish all candles before going to bed or leaving the residence.

n Check all smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms for proper operations.

City Manager Mark Ryckman said by following these simple holiday fire prevention tips, people can ensure their home is safe this holiday season.

Davies said in the past few years members of the fire department has found occasions of improper use or overloaded extension cords, and Christmas trees blocking safe passage to get out of a home.

“Those are very dangerous,” Davies said. “The fire department is here to be a resource to the community. If members of the public have concerns about holiday fire safety, the should feel free to call us.”

Residents can contact the Corning Fire Department at 962-0340 ext. 1403.