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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