We’ve been following the 12 Days of Fire Safety, by the County of Brant Fire Department, have you? If you haven’t been following the adventures and advice of Pep the Fire Safety Elf and Cinnamon the reindeer then you may have missed some important advice. It has all been taking place on the County of Brant Fire Departments Facebook and Twitter feeds where they have been putting out simple and easy to follow hints and tips that will help keep your holidays happy and your Christmas merry!
The tips include keeping combustibles away from fire places, candles, and space heaters, and keeping your tree away from anything that is a heat source as well as well watered and checking all light cords before putting them on the tree; they also recommend extension cords never go under rugs or carpets, and also mention the old stand by safety tips of well maintained smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and a family escape plan. They have been uploaded at 7 pm each and every day since the campaign began on the 11th, the campaign wrapped up on Saturday the 22nd and you can find the uploads below!
Remember to keep all combustibles away from in front of fire places. Have a CO alarm installed outside of your sleeping areas. And check our Facebook page for more safety tips!https://t.co/9MOuX52oZX pic.twitter.com/1JzaRgnWC6
— County of Brant Fire (@CountyofBrantFD) December 12, 2018
Christmas festivities are upon us this time of year. Our friends from the @OPP_WR and @BrantParamedics want to remind you to drive sober. Impaired by drug or alcohol is still impaired. Yours and our families safety depend on sober drivers. pic.twitter.com/TOGXy8HALY
— County of Brant Fire (@CountyofBrantFD) December 13, 2018
It's time to trim that Christmas tree, and if you’re using a real tree, buy a fresh tree and keep the base of the trunk in water at all times. Keep your tree away from any ignition source such as the fireplace, heaters or candles. pic.twitter.com/Hmu9PFcOwV
— County of Brant Fire (@CountyofBrantFD) December 14, 2018
Check all Christmas lights to ensure that there is no damaged or frayed wires BEFORE putting them on the tree. pic.twitter.com/kgwPm90rBk
— County of Brant Fire (@CountyofBrantFD) December 15, 2018
With family and friends spending extra time at your home over the holidays, it’s a great time to check your smoke alarms. Replace smoke alarms if they are over 10 years old. Remember that you need working smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. pic.twitter.com/jHmkBuShrF
— County of Brant Fire (@CountyofBrantFD) December 16, 2018
The Silent Killer
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odourless gas that can quickly kill you. Replace any carbon monoxide alarms over seven years old. Installing carbon monoxide alarms in your home will alert you to the presence of this deadly gas. @HawkinsGignac pic.twitter.com/MzXzKiMIdN
— County of Brant Fire (@CountyofBrantFD) December 17, 2018
Make sure everyone knows how to get out safely if a fire occurs.
Develop and practice a home fire escape plan with all members of the household and make sure someone helps young children, older adults or anyone else that may need assistance to evacuate. Once outside, stay outside pic.twitter.com/7yygP7uNNO
— County of Brant Fire (@CountyofBrantFD) December 18, 2018
People often use extension cords for that extra set of lights or the dancing Santa in the corner. Extension cords should be used only as a temporary connection. Make sure cords never go under rugs as this can cause damage to the cord and cause a fire pic.twitter.com/GcOhr113MO
— County of Brant Fire (@CountyofBrantFD) December 19, 2018
If you are using space heaters to help take the chill off, remember to keep them at least one metre (3 feet) away from anything that can burn such as curtains, upholstery, or holiday decorations. pic.twitter.com/UP8Um3MvcK
— County of Brant Fire (@CountyofBrantFD) December 20, 2018
Candles can set the perfect mood for a holiday celebration, but remember to always blow out candles before leaving the room or going to bed. Keep lit candles safely away from children and pets and anything that can burn, such as curtains, upholstery, or holiday decorations. pic.twitter.com/wJ2n8hzPor
— County of Brant Fire (@CountyofBrantFD) December 21, 2018
Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
People often keep matches and lighters handy to light holiday candles. But matches and lighters can be deadly in the hands of children. If you smoke, have only one lighter and keep it with you at all times. pic.twitter.com/i5Pa1DI5TQ
— County of Brant Fire (@CountyofBrantFD) December 22, 2018
Cooking fires most commonly occur when cooking is left unattended. Always stay in the kitchen when cooking; especially if using oil or high temperatures. If a pot catches fire, carefully slide a tight-fitting lid over the pot to smother the flames and then turn off the heat. pic.twitter.com/2Ig7hkrgC6
— County of Brant Fire (@CountyofBrantFD) December 23, 2018
Follow these helpful tips and make sure that your Christmas and New Year remain Merry and Happy!
Information and Images by 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.