​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Fire can happen anywhere​, at anytime, it most often strikes when we let our guard down - when we’re distracted by the hustle and bustle of the holidays, by our cellphones, by the kids or by the doorbell.​

Christmas Trees - Make sure the tree always has water – check the water level daily. photo

Christmas Trees - Make sure the tree always has water – check the water level daily.

  • Cut your own tree or buy a fresh one that is not shredding nee​dles.​
  • Place your tree in a sturdy, non-tip stand well away from fireplaces, exits, and heat sources.

Cooking - Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires. Stay in the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove photo

Cooking - Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires. Stay in the kitchen while cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove

  • To prevent cooking fires, you must be alert. Avoid cooking when tired or when consuming alcohol, drugs or medicine that makes you drowsy.
  • Keep anything that burns—oven mitts, cooking utensils, dish cloths, paper towels and pot holders— a safe distance from the stove.
  • Wear short sleeves or roll up your sleeves while cooking.
Smokers’ Materials - Smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires.  photo

Smokers’ Materials - Smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires.

  • Ask smokers to smoke outside the home.
  • Use large, deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over.
  • Encourage smokers to smoke outside.
  • Do not carelessly toss cigarette butts off of balconies.
  • Do not extinguish cigarettes in plant pots, which may contain a mixture of peat moss, shredded wood and bark that can easily ignite.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Before you dispose of butts and ashes, make sure they are out. Put them in water or sand.
  • Empty ashes into a metal container – not the garbage can – and put it outside.
  • Avoid smoking when drowsy or under the influence of alcohol – alcohol is a factor in many smoking-related fires.
Be Responsible - Use alcohol and recreational drugs responsibly.  photo

Be Responsible - Use alcohol and recreational drugs responsibly.

  • Do not cook, smoke or drive while under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs.
Decorative Lights - Turn off and unplug all lights and decorations before leaving home or going to bed. photo

Decorative Lights - Turn off and unplug all lights and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

  • Check all sets of lights before decorating. Discard any sets that are frayed or damaged.​
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for the number of light strands to be connected.
  • Lights, cords and decorations are rated for either indoor or outdoor use. Never use indoor rated items outdoors!
  • Keep all decorations at least 1 metre (3 feet) away from heating equipment or an open flame (candle, fireplace, portable heater etc.).
Smoke Alarms - Install working smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. photo

Smoke Alarms - Install working smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas.

  • Consider installing a smoke alarm inside the bedroom.​
  • Test smoke alarms during the holidays and every month.
  • Replace smoke alarms that are 10 years old or older.
  • Replace batteries if needed.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms - Install working CO alarms beside all sleeping areas. photo

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms - Install working CO alarms beside all sleeping areas.

  • Test CO alarms during the holidays and every month.
  • Replace CO alarms according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Replace batteries if needed.
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Have a Home Escape Plan - Create your escape plan with your family.  photo

Have a Home Escape Plan - Create your escape plan with your family.

  • Have 2 ways out of every room if possible.
  • Go over the plan with everyone in your home. Identify people who may need help.
  • Know where to meet outside the front of your home.
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Electrical Cords/Outlets - Don’t overload electrical outlets. photo

Electrical Cords/Outlets - Don’t overload electrical outlets.

  • Replace frayed, cracked, nicked or damaged electrical cords.
  • Avoid running extension cords under carpets, across doorways, or near heaters.
  • Use an extension cord or power bar long enough for the job.
  • Extension cords and power bars are for temporary use only.
  • Never replace permanent wiring with an extension cord.

Portable Heaters - Unplug space heaters when you leave the room or go to bed.  photo

Portable Heaters - Unplug space heaters when you leave the room or go to bed.

  • Keep portable heaters at least 1 metre (3 Feet) away from anything that can burn.

Candles - Before leaving the room or going to bed, blow out candles. photo

Candles - Before leaving the room or going to bed, blow out candles.

  • Candles need adult supervision.
  • Use sturdy, safe candle holders.
  • Keep candles at least 30 centimetres (12 inches) away from anything that can burn.
  • Keep pets and children away from candles.
Matches - Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children. photo

Matches - Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.

  • Place matches and lighters in a high, preferably locked, cabinet.

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