Quinte West Fire and Emergency Services is advocating for heightened safety awareness among residents during the festive period, emphasizing the significance of precautionary measures to avert potential hazards.
The department is proactively disseminating 12 essential safety tips to ensure community safety and well-being throughout the holiday season:
- Hydrate real trees daily to prevent fire hazards.
- Prioritize a thorough inspection of decorative lights before installation.
- Ensure functional smoke alarms on all floors and outside sleeping areas.
- Regularly test carbon monoxide alarms for optimal performance.
- Educate household members on safe evacuation procedures in case of a fire.
- Use extension cords temporarily and avoid overloading them or power bars.
- Maintain adequate distance between space heaters and flammable items like decorations and furniture.
- Practice candle safety by extinguishing them before leaving a room.
- Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach to prevent accidents.
- Exercise caution in the kitchen, avoiding unattended cooking or pots on the stove.
- Encourage smoking outdoors for safer conditions indoors.
- Promote responsible alcohol consumption to prevent accidents.
Greg King, Senior Fire Prevention Officer, stressed, “The holiday season is a time of joy and excitement, but it’s crucial to ensure that celebrations remain free from potential hazards.” Quinte West Fire and Emergency Services aims to foster a secure environment by sharing these vital safety tips.
The City of Quinte West, in conjunction with Quinte West Fire and Emergency Services, extends warm wishes for a safe and cheerful holiday season. By adhering to these 12 days of safety tips, everyone can actively contribute to a joyous and incident-free December.
For further insights into holiday fire safety, residents can access additional resources at quintewest.ca/FireSafety.