Holiday fire safety to ensure a Merry Christmas

Posted On November 23, 2006

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People need to take extra fire safety precautions during the holiday season to ensure the safety of themselves and their loved ones during what is supposed to be one of the happiest times of the year.

Here are some key holiday fire prevention and safety tips, some of which should be practiced all year round by every member of the family!

*Never leave candles unattended.

*Christmas tree light bulbs can generate enough heat to set fire to nearby combustibles -keep decorations away from light bulbs in all areas.

*Supervise children at all times, and keep matches, lighters, and candles out of reach.

*If you are distracted while using your stove, turn off the heat and remove pots and pans before doing anything else.

*Always avoid smoking if you’re not fully awake and alert. Many fires start when a lit cigarette falls onto bedding or upholstered furniture.

*Heating appliances need at least one metre of space around them. Avoid placing any combustibles within this space.

*Most chimney fires occur in wood-burning fireplaces, ensure your chimneys are cleaned and professionally inspected regularly. Only burn small quantities of wood at a time.

*Most importantly, test your smoke alarms to ensure that they are working properly, and always have a well-rehearsed fire escape plan.

*If you are putting up lights or Christmas decorations where you have to climb, make sure that your ladder and yourself are in a safe and sturdy position, and that someone else is nearby to give you a hand. Overloaded circuits can be very dangerous, so spread out your plug-ins as much as you can.

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