The County of Brant Fire Department are promoting a safe Holiday Season with the 12 days of Fire Safety starting Wednesday, December 12. Though they have already been active in promoting Christmas time Fire Safety with the County of Brant twitter feed putting out attention grabbing images with helpful information.
Did you know… Cooking is the leading cause of fires during the holidays. Always stay in the kitchen while cooking! Be safe and have a very merry holiday season! pic.twitter.com/yursH8vlpt
— County of Brant (@BrantCommunity) December 7, 2018
Fire Prevention Officer, Doug Kellam urges everyone to test their smoke alarms to make sure they’re in good working order and change the batteries, if necessary. Beyond that the following pieces of safety information are being shared:
- Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths. If you know someone who smokes, be sure to remind them of safe smoking habits. Smokers should use large, deep ashtrays and never empty ashes into the garbage. Also, never smoke when tired or after drinking.
- Careless cooking is the number one cause of home fires in Ontario. Most of these fires start because pots and pans are left unattended on the stove. If you must leave the kitchen when you are cooking, turn off the stove. While cooking, always keep a large lid nearby. If a pot does catch fire, slide the lid over the pot, then turn off the stove.
- There’s nothing more appealing on a cold winter’s night than a blazing fire place and the warm glow of candles. But open flame can be an invitation to disaster. Please treat fire with respect this holiday season. Never leave your fireplace unattended and always use a fireplace screen. Don’t burn wrapping paper or ribbons in your fireplace. Make sure candles are in a secure holder and place them out of the reach of children.
- If you are buying a Christmas tree, make sure it is a freshly cut tree and kept in a stand full of water at all times. Check all decorative lights before placing them on the tree and discard any frayed or damaged lights or cords. Never place lit candles on or near the Christmas tree. When large amounts of needles begin to fall off, it’s time to get rid of the tree.
These are all easy to follow tips that could save your Christmas season and should be followed. Pep the Fire Safety Elf and Cinnamon the reindeer will kick off the 12 days of Fire Safety starting Tomorrow.
Image and Information from the County of Brant Fire Department; for more information or if you have any questions about fire safety, please contact Doug Kellam, Fire Prevention Officer at the County of Brant Fire Department; 519.442.4500 and firstname.lastname@example.org.