Milton fire department issues safety tips for summer getaways


Published August 12, 2022 at 10:41 am

With summer in full swing, the Milton fire department has issued a few safety tips about getaway fires.

The community is reminded to clean BBQs before using them and to keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children.

It’s also important to keep an eye on lit barbecues and ensure all combustibles, as well as children and pets, are kept well away from them as fires can happen when they are left unattended.

When going away to a cottage or cabin, it’s important to test smoke alarms monthly or each time you return to the seasonal home. It’s a good idea to pack a new smoke alarm and extra smoke alarm batteries in case they need replacement.

During picnics or camping trips, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC) says to avoid building campfires.

If you do build one, the OAFC says residents should ensure they keep them small and that they douse them with water to put them out completely.

Additionally, residents should never leave the camping area without putting out the campfire.

For more getaway fire safety tips, click here.

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