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Holiday Fire Safety

Posted Dec 4th, 2015 in General, Insurance Tips, Home Insurance, Did You Know?

As the holiday season approaches we want to remind you of important holiday fire safety tips.

Often during the holiday season, we have more guests in our homes, which is why it is important you are aware of these holiday fire safety tips. 

As the holiday season approaches we want to remind you of important holiday fire safety tips. Did you know that some decorations are flammable?  This holiday season please purchase flame-resistant and non-combustible decorations for your home to ensure a safe holiday.

Seven Holiday Fire Safety Tips

Christmas Lights

Before you start decorating with any Christmas lights, make sure you check each cord closely and if you find any that are damaged or frayed in any way, discard them.

Christmas Tree

If you have a real tree, it is essential that you water it daily – the base of the trunk must be submerged in water at all times. In addition, keep your tree away from your fireplace, candles or heaters.

Smoke Alarms

Have you checked to make sure your fire alarm was working lately? Fire alarms must be replaced every 10 years. In Ontario, it is mandatory to have a fire alarm on every story of your home, and there must be one outside of every sleeping area.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon Monoxide alarms must be replaced every 7 years and are essential in every home. They protect you against carbon monoxide which is a very dangerous deadly gas as it is invisible and odorless. This holiday season protects your family and guests.

Extension Cords

If you are using extension cords due to your additional Christmas decor, please remember they are only to be used temporarily. If you are using one this holiday season, do not place cords under anything flammable i.e. rugs.

Fire Escape Plan

If you have family and friends staying over during the holidays, be sure to outline the fire escape plan for your house. If you have children, establish a buddy system so that each child knows which adult they are to exit the house safely within the case of an emergency.

Space Heaters

If during the chilly winter nights you use a space heater to warm you up, remember they must be one metre away from anything that is flammable, such as, decorations, Christmas tree, blankets, etc. 

We hope you have found our holiday fire safety tips informative and helpful. We would like to wish you a happy and safe holiday season!

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