Holiday Safety Message from Emergency Services

Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year!

FNESS would like to thank all the communities, fire departments, and all partners for your continued support through 2020. As we head into the holiday season, FNESS would like to remind communities about ensuring fire and life safety throughout the holiday season. By following a few easy fire safety tips, you can drastically reduce the risk of home fires and/or injury. Below are some fire and life safety tips for the holiday season.

Holiday Safety Tips

  1. Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant. Keep decorations away from windows and doors.
  2. Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  3. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  4. Blow out lit candles when you leave the room.
  5. Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
  6. If you have a Christmas Tree: 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. Add water to the tree stand; be sure to add water daily.
  7. Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage or placed outside against the home.
  8. Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Be sure to turn the lights off the Christmas tree when you leave the house or go to bed.
  9. Ensure all members of the household (including any guests) are familiar with the exits and home fire escape plan.
  10. Stay safe from COVID-19. Follow provincial and federal guidelines regarding social gatherings and holiday celebrations.
  11. Call 9-1-1 if there is an emergency! Calling 9-1-1 is the fastest way to alert emergency personnel that there is an emergency. If you’re in an area without 9-1-1 coverage, be sure to add local emergency numbers to your contact list.

For more fire safety information: https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Fire-causes-and-risks/Seasonal-fire-causes/Winter-holidays

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