OFM - Keep Fire Safety in Mind as Temperatures Drop

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Keep Fire Safety in Mind as Temperatures Drop


Fire safety tips for cold weather:

  • Burn dry, well-seasoned wood in fireplaces and woodstoves to reduce the risk of excessive creosote build-up in chimneys.
  • Allow ashes from your woodstove or fireplace to cool before emptying them into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid. Keep the container outside.
  • Keep intake and exhaust vents for furnaces and heating appliances free of ice and snow accumulations to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide build-up from inefficient combustion. Install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to alert you to the presence of this deadly gas.
  • Keep space heaters at least one metre (3 feet) away from anything that can burn, including curtains, upholstery, and clothing.
  • Replace worn or damaged electrical wires and connections on vehicles and extension cords and use the proper gauge extension cord for vehicle block heaters.
  • Consider using approved timers for vehicle block heaters rather than leaving heaters on all night.
  • Ensure that vehicles are not left running inside any garage or building.
  • Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. Develop and practise a home fire escape plan so that everyone knows what to do if a fire occurs.