Let’s have no Christmas Fires in Cornwall Ontario – December 21, 2009

The Cornwall Fire Service is urging families to be especially vigilant about fire safety over the holiday season, which is one of the deadliest times of the year for home fires.

“This is a very busy time for many people and it’s easy to get distracted or forgetful,” said Deputy Chief Richard McCullough. “All it takes is for a pot to be left on the stove, or a candle left burning unattended, and a family’s holiday celebrations go up in smoke.”

“Our Fire Service would also like to remind everyone about the law requiring working smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas,” continued Deputy Chief Richard McCullough. “Take a few minutes to test your smoke alarms and install new batteries, if required.”

Enjoy a fire safe holiday season by following these tips:

Cooking is a major cause of home fires, so don’t leave the kitchen if there’s something cooking on the stove. If a pot catches fire, don’t try to move it. Cover the pot with a lid to smother the flames and turn off the burner.
If the smoke alarm activates when you’re cooking, do not remove the batteries. Try moving the smoke alarm, or install an alarm with hush feature.

Lit candles should be placed in sturdy candleholders that won’t tip and covered with glass shade. Candles should be situated away from children, pets and any combustible items. Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
Drink responsibly and keep an eye on those who do not. Excessive alcohol consumption is a contributing factor in many residential fires.

Install working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. It’s the law! Failure to comply with smoke alarm law can result in a ticket for $235.00 or a fine of up to $50,000.

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