With friends & loved ones so close by at this busy time of year, we hope you’ll find these tips helpful…
- Don’t leave candles or fires unattended.
- Use sturdy candle holders that won’t tip.
- Use secured safety screens on your fireplace front.
- Clean & inspect your chimney annually.
- Make sure wood smoke does not come into the room.
- Keep children & pets away from hot surfaces like wood stoves, glass fireplace fronts, cook tops, ovens and the likes.
- Snuff out candles & put fires out before going to bed / leaving your home.
- Keep fire / candles away from children, pets and combustible materials.
- Keep matches, lighters and the likes away from children.
- Ensure children are always supervised around candles and fires
- If buying a real tree make sure it’s fresh, water daily & store it in a cool place until ready for decorating. Secure the tree well, use a sturdy stand & dispose of tree after holidays or if needles start to fall.
- Only use lights & extension cords that are CSA, ULC or cUL certified discarding any that are frayed, have exposed wires, loose connections or broken light sockets.
- Don’t use indoor lights outside.
- Don’t run electrical cords through doorways / under carpets.
- Don’t overload electrical outlets.
- Turn off all holiday lights before you go to bed or leave your home.
- Have a planned escape route(s) from your home in the event of an emergency like a fire. Know how you will escape from a second floor or basement. Determine how best to evacuate your pets. Hold practice drills for the entire family.
- Keep a first aid kit at the ready.
- Remove wrapping paper and clutter from your home that could catch fire.
- Make sure you have enough fire extinguishers in your home and locate them for convenient use. Ensure they are checked regularly and recharged as necessary.
- Most house hold fire extinguishers are rated as ABC, to deal with A = paper, wood, cardboard, and most plastics; B = flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, grease and oil; and, C = electrical equipment, such as appliances, wiring, circuit breakers and outlets.
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, test them at least monthly, replace any batteries at least annually and replace entire units according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
- Keep sidewalks, walkways, paths, driveways and stairs free from trip / fall hazards like snow & ice.
Have a Safe & Happy Holiday Season!
PRINT VERSION: To print off and share these Holiday Safety Tips with friends and loved ones, simply right click on the image below. Maybe you can take a minute to review it with them, stick it on their fridge or on a bulletin board at work. Just maybe you will help prevent an accident over the holidays. By the way, if you’re having troubles finding gift for a loved one, why not get them a fire extinguisher, a smoke alarm or a carbon monoxide detector?Holiday-Safety-Tips-2017