12 holiday safety tips

Keep your batteries fresh, ensure smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are in good shape

The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs has released its list of top tips for holiday fire and carbon monoxide safety.

The “12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety” campaign is a compilation of what the CAFC says, based on its unique insights, are the things homeowners need to be extra vigilant about this time of year.

According to the CAFC, it’s the small things that can make a big difference in saving lives.

“Install smoke  and carbon monoxide alarms, never tamper with them, change batteries, replace smoke alarms every 10 years and CO alarms every seven years. All these messages and others can never be stated too often,” says Fire Chief Rob Simonds, president of the CAFC.

As well, the CAFC is introducing a limited edition Christmas ornament that features the image of beloved fire dog, Sparky.

“We want the Sparky ball to be a symbol of holiday fire and carbon monoxide safety,” he says.

The 12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety provides tips against seasonal risks as well as year round precautions.

“It’s important to take precautions with the things we enjoy most about the  festive season such as candles, holiday lights and cooking because they increase the risk of home fires,” says Carol Heller, a home safety specialist with Kidde Canada and partner to the CAFC.

“The drop in temperature is also a contributor to the increased incidence of carbon monoxide exposure.”

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