Fire crews are urging residents to be fire safe with their Christmas decorations this holiday season.

Courtenay Fire Department Chief Don Bardonnex says Christmas trees can be a hazard if they are not properly taken care of. He says to make sure your tree isn’t dried out when you buy it, and you should also water it when you get home and not leave it near heaters.

Bardonnex says you should also inspect all your light strands for any signs of wear or damage. He also recommends using electric candles instead of real ones.