Victoria Wednesday, December 19, 2018 2:30 PM

 

With the winter holidays almost here, the Office of the Fire Commissioner and Emergency Management BC offer some fire safety advice to help ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season for all British Columbians.

Decorating

  • Keep combustibles such as trees, wrapping paper and decorations away from heat sources.
  • Ensure a real tree stays fresh by watering it often. Dispose of it safely.
  • Choose flame-retardant or non-combustible decorations and only use lights that have been tested and labelled by a certified testing laboratory. Consider energy-efficient LED lighting, which produces less heat and poses less of a fire risk.
  • Always turn incandescent decorative lights for real trees off before leaving home or going to sleep. Certified timers can be used to pre-set on and off times.
  • Ensure electrical outlets are not overloaded.

Cooking safety

  • Stovetop fires can start in a flash. Always stay in the kitchen while food is cooking and keep anything flammable at a safe distance from the stove.
  • When celebrating the holidays with children, designate a “kid-free zone” around the stove and food preparation areas.

Candle safety

  • Always place candle holders on a stable surface, and never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Use non-combustible containers for tea lights and votive candles. Battery operated candles are an excellent alternative.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.

Smoke alarms and fire escape planning

  • Ensure working smoke alarms are present on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area.
  • Test and clean smoke alarms regularly and change batteries at least twice a year.
  • Develop a fire escape plan, practise it regularly and have at least two ways out of a home. Remember to share this emergency plan with guests as well.
  • Make sure holiday decorations do not block any exits.

Learn More:

Holiday Fire Safety web site: http://ow.ly/WDLV30hfVIB

EMBC works year-round with local governments to prepare for emergencies. For more information on how individuals and families can get prepared, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/PreparedBC

For tips on how to stay safe, follow Emergency Management BC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmergencyInfoBC
and PreparedBC: www.twitter.com/PreparedBC

National Fire Protection Association Project Holiday: http://ow.ly/GUwp30hfVKT

Electrical Safety Foundation International: http://ow.ly/OhDY30hfVNq

Before heading out on the roads this winter, visit Drive BC at: www.drivebc.ca

Remember to “Shift into Winter.” For more details, visit: http://ow.ly/y747306UIX5

Contact the Office of the Fire Commissioner: http://ow.ly/iEwY3075Izk

Christmas tree burn test: dry versus hydrated: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbwkZe133o8

This on BC Govt website go to link click here

 

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