Thursday, December 28, 2017

Fire Safety on New Year’s Eve

Bison's Guide to Fire Safety on New Years Eve

With the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, there’s plenty of cause for celebration. From quiet New Year’s Eve gatherings at home with some candles lit, to giant city-wide celebrations surrounded by fireworks and cheer, make sure that your New Year’s resolutions include keeping fire safety in mind.

Potential Fire Hazards

Mark the arrival of the New Year with your loved ones while taking care to avoid these common celebratory fire hazards:

NYE Celebrations

With the amount of people out on the town celebrating NYE, it’s crucial to take the safety of yourself and those around you into consideration. If you’re hosting a large gathering at home, make sure that you have a fire safety plan posted and available for everyone to see. Of course, having a fire extinguisher on hand is an important part of home fire safety.

Burning Candles

There’s something about having candles lit around a room that creates an ambiance like no other. Whether they’re lit as a decorative item around your home or to set the scene at the dinner table, candles are a small, yet common, fire hazard.

To ensure the safety of your home and those you love during New Year’s Eve celebrations, make sure that you avoid tall, stick-like candles and instead opt for candles that contain the flames within a jar. This helps you avoid the risk of having loose-fitting clothing catch on fire passing food over the dinner table, or accidentally knocking over a candle as you pass. For an extra-dose of fire safety, keep all lit candles a good distance away from party goers.

Candles should never stay lit when there is no one around, so be aware of lit candles when you’re the last one in a room, and take the time to blow it out before you leave.

Public and Private Firework Shows

Fireworks and New Year’s Eve go hand-in-hand, but are best enjoyed when they’re lit by a trained professional who knows the ins and outs of firework safety. In many towns and cities around the prairies, these professionals are hired to conduct a fireworks show that is accessible to all.

However, if you do opt to put on a fireworks show of your own on private property, you must get a municipal permit from your local authorities. To ensure your safety, make sure that all fireworks you buy are purchased from an authorized distributor and are legal.

Sadly, there are still many fireworks that are set off on private property in an unsafe fashion. If you’re concerned about how a community member is using fireworks in your area, immediately contact the law enforcement officials in your municipality.

Bison Fire Protection wants to help you celebrate the New Year with fire safety in mind. For all of your fire safety equipment needs, contact the professionals at Bison Fire Protection in Brandon, Winnipeg, Kenora, Regina, Thompson, and Saskatoon. You can call 866-441-3473 to schedule an appointment or contact us online.

Posted by Rob Read at 5:00 PM

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