Deck the Halls with Holiday Fire Safety Tips
Protect Your Family with Help From the Ontario Fire Marshal
Before roasting chestnuts on an open fire, learn how to keep your family safe with holiday fire safety burning bright in your mind.
As part of the Holiday Fire Safety campaign, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management offers simple tips to enjoy a fire-safe holiday season:
- Install and test smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home. Don't forget about carbon monoxide alarms if you have a fuel burning appliance or an attached garage.
- Blow out candles before leaving the house.
- Make sure everyone knows two ways out of your home. Develop and practise a home escape plan with family and holiday guests.
- Ensure woodstoves/fireplaces/chimneys are maintained and in good working order.
- Keep Christmas trees away from ignition sources.
- Stay in the kitchen while cooking -- especially if using oil or high temperatures.
- Designate a meeting place outside your home, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for.
- In case of fire, call the fire department from outside the home, from a cellphone or neighbour's home.
- The top five causes of fires in December are from heating equipment, unattended cooking, electrical distribution equipment, cigarettes, and appliances.
- Last December, there were 64 injuries and 14 fatalities related to fires in the province.
“December is one of the most festive times of year, and we need to make sure it is also fire-free. Adopting these simple safety tips to protect you and your family will ensure a safe and happy holiday season!”
“As you make your preparations for the holiday season, make sure you include fire safety as part of your list. Following simple tips, such as testing your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and practising your home escape plan, can help ensure you, your family and guests have a safe and happy holiday.”
Tadeusz (Ted) Wieclawek