Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Preventing Winter Fires This Holiday Season

Bison's Preventing Fires this Winter Season

Winter is a time for reflection, celebration, and cozying up with loved ones. However, the cold temperatures call for an increased use in heating, while holiday celebrations often include plenty of decorations and candle-lit events. These factors all pose the potential for a fire-related emergency, but in different ways.

According to Fire Prevention Canada, winter is the absolute worst season for residential fires all across the country. At Bison Fire Protection, we want to help keep you, your home, and your family safe during this upcoming holiday season. We’ve compiled a list to guide you through whole-home fire safety during the holidays:

Fire Safety In the Kitchen

Your kitchen is a hub of activity all year long, but baking and dinner creating is at an all-year high during the holiday season. This is why it’s imperative that you keep a fire extinguisher within your kitchen, making sure to train members of your family to use it properly. Using the PASS acronym is super helpful - pull the trigger (P), aim the nozzle at the base of the fire (A), squeeze the nozzle (S) and sweep back and forth (S).

When cooking or baking, make sure that you stay in the kitchen as you do so. This is especially important when you’re cooking at high temperatures, or when you’re cooking with grease. If a fire does start, immediately call 9-1-1 and have the appropriate fire extinguisher ready.

Although the holiday season involves embodiment for a lot of adults, no one should use the stove, oven, or other types of cooking instruments while impaired.

Fire Safety and Heating

Brrr, winter. As prairie residents, we know just how cold our exterior environments can get, and how much we need to heat our homes. If you’re using a space heater within your home, ensure that there is at least a meter of space between the heater and anything else. These cords should be checked routinely in order to ensure that the heater is turned off when no one is in the room.

Space heaters get extremely hot, so make sure to supervise both pets and children in their presence. No one should dry items such as wet gloves, shoes, other other clothing items on or near the space heater.

Does your home use a woodstove or fireplace to stay toasty all winter long? If so, make sure that you’re using dry, seasoned wood only in small amounts. As tempting as it may be to load up your fireplace or woodstove, a fire-related emergency could happen when excess tar and creosote build up in your pipes. These systems should be inspected regularly by a fire safety professional to ensure that there isn’t a build up of dangerous compounds.

Other Holiday Fire Safety Tips

There are other precautions to take during the holiday season to ensure your whole-home safety, including:

  • Burn candles only when someone is in the room
  • Don’t overload your holiday tree with lights
  • Make sure that all electrical outlets are not overloaded
  • Always clean your lint collector in the dryer when washing holiday linens
  • Do not smoke inside your home

At Bison Fire Protection, we’re dedicated to helping families enjoy the holiday season while staying fire smart and safe. To schedule an appointment with one of our professional technicians, contact us today for service in Winnipeg, Thompson, Kenora, Brandon, Regina, or Saskatoon

Posted by Rob Read at 10:22 AM

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