WINTER FIRE SAFETY TIPS

According to the Canadian Red Cross, house fires are one of the most common emergencies experienced by Canadians.

Through the months of December to March, house fires are most common. A small fire can turn critical in a matter of minutes so it is important to act quickly and safely.

General Fire Safety

  • Check your smoke alarms monthly
  • Have a home escape plan to avoid panic
  • Practice your home escape plane, Primary and secondary exits from each room
  • Check fire extinguishers
  • Never go back into a burning building

Winter Fire Safety

  • Keep portable heaters at least 3 ft from an ignition point
  • Ensure portable heaters have an automatic shut-off incase it falls over
  • Never us an extension cord to plug in portable heaters
  • Inspect your fireplace or woodstove chimney each year
  • Ensure that wood stoves have a glass or metal screen in front of your fireplace or woodstove
  • Don’t burn paper in your fireplace or woodstove
  • Keep anything that could catch fire at least 3 feet from your fireplace or woodstove
  • Completely put out the fire if you leave your house or go to bed
  • Don’t use christmas trees as fire wood in woodstoves and fireplaces

Sources: Canadian Red Cross , The Government of Canada

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