Fire Safety Tips for Winter

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Ontario's Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management offers simple tips to enjoy a fire-safe season. With temperatures dropping ensure that festivities are both happy and safe by making fire safety a priority.

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove.
  • Blow out candles before leaving the room.
  • If you're putting up a fresh Christmas tree, keep the base of the trunk in water at all times.
  • Inspect and throw away old and damaged lights before decorating.
  • Keep space heaters away from anything that can burn, including curtains and furniture.
  • Install and test smoke alarms on every floor and outside all sleeping areas of your home.
  • Don't forget about carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. In Ontario, you must have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home if you have a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage.
  • Make sure everyone knows two ways to get out of your home. Plan and practice a home fire escape plan with family members and holiday guests.
  • Designate a street light or mailbox outside as the meeting place where everyone can be accounted for. Never re-enter a burning building.

You can learn more about the risks of carbon monoxide from the provincial website and fire safety on Settlement.Org.