CORNING - With the holidays come the joys and festivities of this time of year, but people shouldn't forget to stay safe.

Corning Fire Chief Brad Davies said in order for everyone to celebrate in a safe manner, incident free, residents can safeguard their homes and families by following these common-sense safety recommendations to prevent tragedies.

• Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched

• Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2 inches from the base of the trunk

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

• Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit

• Use wire or nylon cord to secure the tree to the wall or ceiling to prevent it from being knocked over by children or pets

• Be sure to add water daily

• Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use

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

• Read and follow manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect

• Never use lit candles to decorate the tree

• Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed

• Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it begins to become dry

• Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home, garage, or placed outside against the home

City Manager Mark Ryckman, city director of public safety, said following these safety tips will help everyone have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

“By following these simple safety guidelines, we hope everyone remains safe,” Ryckman said.

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

“The Fire Department is here to be a resource to the community,” Davies said. “If members of the public have concerns about holiday fire safety, they should feel free to call us. Help us, help you have a safe and healthy holiday season.”