12 Days Of Holiday Safety With The Muskoka Lakes Fire Department


Day 1. Water fresh trees daily. Keep the base of the trunk in water at all times. Keep your tree from any ignition sources such as the fire place, heaters or candles

Day 2. Check all lights before decorating. Before you put up lights check the cord closely. Discard any sets that are frayed or damaged. Never plug more than 3 strings of lights together. Never connect LED to conventional lights. This is likely to wear out the LED bulbs more rapidly and could pose a fire or electrical hazard

Day 3. Make sure smoke alarms work and replace any over 10 years old. It’s the law to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Test alarms monthly and replace batteries once per year, or choose “Worry Free” models with 10-year sealed batteries that never need to be changed. Check the age of your smoke alarms- replace every 10 years.

Day 4. It’s now law in Ontario to protect your family with Carbon Monoxide alarms. If your home has an attached garage, wood stove or gas fireplace, or other fuel burning device you must have a working CO alarm outside every sleeping area. For optimal protection, install one on every storey. Like smoke alarms, CO alarms wear out. Check the age of your CO alarms – replace any manufactured before 2009.

Day 5. Make sure everyone knows how to get out safely. Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your family as well as your guests over the holidays. Once outside, stay outside and call 911 from a cell phone or a neighbor’s house. Determine who will be responsible for helping anyone who may need assistance.

Day 6. Use extension cords wisely. Avoid overloading circuits with plugs and extension cords, as this can create overheating that could result in fire. Never put cords under rugs.

Day 7. Give space heaters space. Keep them at least one metre (3feet) away from anything that can burn such as curtains, upholstery, or holiday decorations.

Day 8. Go Flameless. Avoid using real candles, opting instead for safer flameless candles. If you use real candles remember to blow them out before leaving the room or going to bed.

Day 9. Keep matches and lighters out of the sight and reach of children. Matches and lighters can be deadly in the hands of children. If you smoke, have only one lighter or book of matches with you at all times.

Day 10. Watch what you heat. Always stay in the kitchen and pay attention to your cooking – especially if using oils or high temperatures. If a pot catches fire carefully smoother with a lid and turn the heat off.

Day 11. Encourage smokers to smoke outside. Careless smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires. Encourage smokers to smoke outside and use large deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over. Make sure cigarette butts are properly extinguished.

Day 12. There’s more to responsible drinking than taking a cab home. With all of the festive cheer this time of year, keep a close eye on anyone attempting to cook or smoke.


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