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“12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety Tips”

Stay safe at home with your family this holiday season! The holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for home fires. Oshawa Fire Services is urging residents to follow “12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety” to help prevent the most common types of home fires that occur during the holiday season. “Make holiday safety a priority this year. Get the whole family involved and make sure everyone knows how to get out if a fire does occur,” said Oshawa Fire Chief Steve Meringer. “It is extremely important to install smoke alarms on every storey of the home as well as a carbon monoxide alarm and to test them regularly to make sure they work. Replace smoke alarms that are over 10 years old and carbon monoxide alarms over seven years old,” he added. Click MORE to learn the “12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety” tips.

Day 1 Water fresh Christmas trees daily.

Day 2 Check all sets of Christmas tree lighting before decorating to ensure they are in good condition.

Day 3 Make sure you have working smoke alarms.

Day 4 Make sure you have working carbon monoxide alarms.

Day 5 Make sure everyone knows how to get out safely if a fire occurs.

Day 6 Use extension cords wisely.

Day 7 Give space heaters space.

Day 8 When you go out, blow out all candles.

Day 9 Keep matches and lighters out of sight and out of reach of children.

Day 10 Watch what you heat! Stay in the kitchen when cooking.

Day 11 Encourage smokers to smoke outside.

Day 12 Keep a close eye on anyone in your household who consumes alcohol while cooking or smoking.

To learn more about these holiday fire safety tips and how to keep your family safe over the holidays, visit www.safeathome.ca.

For more information about the Oshawa Fire Services Fire Prevention Division, call 905-433-1236 or visit www.oshawa.ca/fire.