905-728-1683 | Log In |

Keep fire safety top of mind during the holiday season

Keep fire safety top of mind during the holiday season

OSHAWA – There’s no place like home for the holidays. To ensure the holiday season remains a time of celebration for you and your family, Oshawa Fire Services reminds community members to follow these important fire prevention tips:

Christmas Trees

  • Real Christmas trees should be kept fresh and full of water.
  • Keep trees away from all heat sources and make sure your tree doesn’t block any doorways.
  • Never place lit candles on or near the Christmas tree.

Christmas Lights

  • Carefully inspect new and previously used Christmas light strings and replace any damaged lights or frayed wires prior to plugging the lights in.
  • Remember not to overload extension cords.
  • Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving the house or going to bed.


Candles

  • Keep candles in sturdy holders on level surfaces with a glass chimney or shade over it.
  • Always be sure to extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.

 

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

  • Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas.
  • For added protection, install a smoke alarm in each bedroom.
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are required by law to be installed outside any sleeping areas.

 

Holiday Cooking Safety

  • Clear the stove area of items that might catch fire easily.
  • Try to use the back burners as much as possible; when using front burners, remember to turn the pot handles inwards.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby.

 

For more information on Oshawa Fire Services, visit oshawa.ca/fire or follow @OshawaFire on Twitter.

For updates on the City of Oshawa, visit www.oshawa.ca and sign up for news, alerts and e-newsletters. Stay connected with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Connect Oshawa.