Ministry of the
Solicitor General

Holiday Safety

Holiday Safety

New Resources for 2019

This is a picture of candles burning in glass containers and a picture of battery operated candles. The text beside the pictures says: “Be Merry, Be Bright, Be Candles Safe. Keep candles in a sturdy holder away from children or pets that might knock them over. Keep candles away from anything that can burn. Extinguish all candles before leaving the room, heading out or going to bed. Consider using LED flameless candles. For more information, contact your local fire department.” The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management logo is in the bottom right-hand corner.
Social Media Card – Candles: Twitter; Facebook; Instagram 
This is a picture of a string of decorative lights. The text says: “Festival of Fire Safe Lights. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use. Use the appropriate lights. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Make sure lights have the logo of a recognized safety standards agency such as CSA or ULC. Read the manufacturer’s instructions for the number and types of light strands that can be strung together safely. Always turn off indoor decorative lights before leaving home or going to bed. For more information, contact your local fire department.” The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management logo is in the bottom right-hand corner.
Social Media Card – Lights: Twitter; Facebook; Instagram 
This is a picture of a child decorating a Christmas tree. The text beside the picture says: “Trim the Tree with Fire Safety. When choosing a real tree, pick one that has been freshly cut. Needles should not fall off when touched. Make a fresh cut 5cm (2 inches) off the base of the trunk before placing the tree in the stand. Add water to the tree stand every day. Make sure the tree is at least one metre (three feet) away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. Never place lit candles on the tree. Discard the tree when it dries out and large amounts of needles begin to fall off. For more information, contact your local fire department.” The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management logo is in the bottom right-hand corner.
Social Media Card – Trees: Twitter; Facebook; Instagram 

This is a picture of a glass of alcohol, a cannabis cigarette and a jar of cannabis. The text beside the picture says: “Don’t let your habits get the best of you! Smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires during the holidays. All too often alcohol is involved. Butt out cannabis cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays. Drink responsibly.” The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management name and website address are in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Social Media Card – Cannabis Cigarettes: Twitter; Facebook; Instagram 

This is a picture of a glass of alcohol, a cannabis cigarette and a jar of cannabis. The text beside the picture says: “Don’t let your habits get the best of you! Smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires during the holidays. All too often alcohol is involved. Butt out joints in large, deep ashtrays. Drink responsibly.” The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management name and website address are in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Social Media Card – Joints: Twitter; Facebook; Instagram


This is a picture of a glass of alcohol, a cannabis cigarette and a jar of cannabis. The text beside the picture says: “Don’t let your habits get the best of you! Smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires during the holidays. All too often alcohol is involved. Butt out joints in large, deep ashtrays. Drink responsibly.” The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management name and website address are in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Print Public Service Announcement – Cannabis Cigarettes; Joints

This is a picture of four holiday decorative balls, a smoke alarm and a home fire escape plan. Above the decorative balls the text says: “Deck the Halls with Fire Safety! Decorate Your Home with these Fire Safety Tips Throughout the Holidays.” On each ball is one of the following fire safety tips: “‘Cooking is the leading cause of fires during the holidays. Always stay in the kitchen while cooking! Keep candles in a sturdy holder away from children, pets and anything that can burn. Blow them out before leaving the room. Smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires during the holidays. Butt out cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays. Alcohol is a factor in approximately one in five fatal fires during the holidays. Drink responsibly.” Below the decorative balls the text says: “Fire moves faster than you! You need to be responsible for your family’s fire safety! Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Test them monthly. Practice a home fire escape plan so everyone in your home knows what to do when the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms sound in an emergency.” The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management name is in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

Infographic – jpeg; PDF


This is a picture of a pot on the stove, a wood stove, cigarettes, a group of people at a party, a smoke alarm and a home fire escape plan. The text beside the picture says: “‘Tis the Season to be Fire Safe. Prevent these Leading Causes of Fire during the Holidays. Cooking is the leading cause of fires during the holidays. Always stay in the kitchen while cooking! Heating equipment is the second leading cause of fires during the holidays. Heating systems and chimneys should be inspected and cleaned annually by a qualified service technician. Smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires during the holidays. Butt-out cigarettes in large, deep ashtrays. Alcohol is a factor in approximately one in five fatal fires during the holidays. Drink responsibly during the holiday season. Fire moves faster than you! You need to be responsible for your family’s fire safety! Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Test them monthly. Practice a home fire escape plan so everyone in your home knows what to do when the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms sound in an emergency.” The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management name is in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
This is a picture of a couple dancing in their kitchen while cooking. The text beside the picture says: "It's easy to get distracted when you are cooking! Cooking is the leading cause of fires during the holidays. This holiday season, always stay in the kitchen when cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove. For more information about fire safety during the holidays, contact your local fire department." The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management name and logo are in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

This is a picture of a couple dancing in their kitchen while cooking. The text beside the picture says: "It's easy to get distracted when you are cooking! Cooking is the leading cause of fires during the holidays. This holiday season, always stay in the kitchen when cooking. If you must leave, turn off the stove. For more information about fire safety during the holidays, contact your local fire department." The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management name and logo are in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
This is a picture of a glass of alcohol and cigars. The text beside the picture says: “Don’t let your habits get the best of you! Smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires during the holidays. All too often alcohol is involved. Butt out cigarettes and cigars in large, deep ashtrays. Drink responsibly. For more information about fire safety during the holidays, contact your local fire department.” The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management name and logo are in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.


Fire Department Resources

Infographic: jpegPDF

Social media card – Cooking1: Twitter; Facebook

Social media card – Cooking2: Twitter; Facebook

Social media card – Smoking and Alcohol: Twitter; Facebook

Print Public Service Announcement – Cooking1: PDF

Print Public Service Announcement – Cooking2: PDF

Print Public Service Announcement – Smoking and Alcohol: PDF

Information Sheets

Holiday Fire Safety Media Qs and As

News Release Template

Poster (PDF) 

Print public service announcement (PDF)

Radio public service announcement scripts

Tweets