Be fire aware this holiday with 12 tips to celebrate the season safely in Brampton

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Published December 4, 2023 at 1:18 pm

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The holidays can be a busy time of year but firefighters want you to put fire safety first during the hustle and bustle of the season in Brampton.

From cooking big family meals to hanging lights and decorations, the holiday season can bring distractions from everyday doldrums. But those distractions could lead to some dangerous situations around the home.

“During the excitement of the holiday season, we can easily be distracted,” says Brampton Fire and Emergency Services. “Simple measures like inspecting extension cords, keeping portable heaters at a safe distance, and having a well-thought-out home escape plan can make a significant difference.”

On top of regular reminders to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, BFES firefighters are reminding residents to cook with care, test and inspect any extension cords, and water Christmas trees daily to stay safe this December.

Here are 12 tips from Brampton Fire to help you stay fire-safe this season:

  • Water real trees daily
  • Check all sets of lights before decorating
  • Test your smoke alarms
  • Test your carbon monoxide (CO) alarms
  • Create a home escape plan that includes a meeting place in front of your home
  • Inspect extension cords – replace frayed or damaged cords
  • Keep portable heaters at least 1 metre away from anything that can burn
  • Blow out candles when leaving the room or going to bed
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children
  • Always stay in the kitchen while cooking
  • Encourage smokers to smoke outside and use deep ashtrays

Brampton Fire is also reminding residents to be responsible when drinking or using recreational drugs when cooking, smoking or driving.

Mayor Patrick Brown also encouraged residents to keep fire safety in mind during the holidays.

“By following simple yet lifesaving tips, such as watering real trees daily, checking lights before decorating, and testing alarms regularly, we can ensure a joyous and safe holiday season for everyone in Brampton,” Brown said in a statement.

To learn more about how to stay fire-safe this December visit www.bramptonfire.com.

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