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Making Fire Safety a Part of Your Holiday Tradition

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Making Fire Safety a Part of Your Holiday Tradition

McGuinty Government Promotes Tips for a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

Ministry of the Solicitor General

This holiday season, Ontario is encouraging all families to make fire safety a tradition.

Cooking, lighting candles and decorating with lights can cause fires if not done safely. To help prevent fires and keep you and your family safe, follow these fire safety tips:

  • Keep space heaters away from anything that can burn, including curtains and furniture.
  • Use battery-operated flameless candles.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking, especially when using oil or cooking at high temperatures.
  • Check and throw away old and damaged lights before decorating.
  • Keep the base of your Christmas tree in water at all times.

Quick Facts

  • Last December, there were 60 injuries and seven fatalities related to fires in the province.
  • The top five causes of fires in December are from heating equipment, unattended cooking, electrical distribution equipment, cigarettes and appliances.

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“This is a very special time of year when families and friends come together to celebrate. By following a few seasonal fire safety tips, we can all keep our families, friends and homes safe to ensure that everybody enjoys the best of the holiday season.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“The holidays are celebrated through a variety of traditions. To prevent fires from happening, Ontario families should start a fire safety tradition. If a fire does happen, make sure everyone knows what to do. Test smoke alarms to ensure they are working, and practise a home fire escape plan.”

Tadeusz (Ted) Wieclawek

Ontario Fire Marshal

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