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Fire prevention

Set your clocks forward, check your smoke detectors

On the night of Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14, 2021

  • Remember to move your clocks forward one hour
  • Make sure your smoke detectors function properly
  • Replace the batteries to save your life and the lives of your loved ones in case of fire

Set your clock back, check your smoke detectors

On the night of Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7, 2021

  • Remember to move the time back one hour
  • Make sure your smoke detectors function properly
  • Replace the batteries to save your life and the lives of your loved ones in case of fire

Natural Christmas Trees

Source of happiness, source of danger too

The Fire Department recommends that you be very careful with your natural Christmas trees.

  • Choose certified decorations in good working condition
  • Check the lighting system
  • Install the fir tree away from any heat source
  • Keep the foot of the tree moist by adding water every day
  • Avoid overloading the electrical system
  • Turn it off before you go to bed or leave your home
  • Did you make sure your smoke detectors functioned properly when you set back your clock on November 1st
  • Did you replace the batteries to save your life and the lives of your loved ones in case of fire?

View the video of a fir tree taking fire:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kf8rI4xqv3c


Happy holidays safely!

Safety tips for the holiday

Since your personal safety is your responsibility, here are some tips to follow during the holidays:

Christmas tree

  • Install your natural or artificial tree away from a heat source (electric baseboard, heater, fireplace, etc.).
  • Place the natural fir in a container filled with water and water the tree’s foot every day.
  • Choose an artificial tree over a natural tree to reduce the risk of fire.
  • After the holidays, take advantage of the natural tree collection to dispose of it ecologically.

Decorative lights

  • Select CSA or ULC approved lights. Check that they are in good condition and installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Turn them off at night or before you leave your home.

Candles

  • Always keep an eye on lit candles.
  • Place your candles on a stable surface away from flammable materials.
  • Keep them out of reach of children and animals.
  • Extinguish all candles before leaving a room or home.
  • Use LED candles for safe use.

Holiday cooking

  • Avoid distractions when cooking food (smoking, talking on the phone, social media, etc.).
  • Do not store objects in the oven or on the cooking surface.
  • Keep children away from the stove.
  • Be sure to turn off cooking appliances before leaving the room or home.

Smoke alarms and batteries

  • It is important to have a good smoke alarm per floor.
  • Be sure to pack extra batteries so that you never have to take the batteries from your alarms to put in battery-powered devices or toys.
  • Choose a smoke alarm with a 10-year lithium battery to ensure you are safe for the long term.

Portable electric heaters

  • Plug the device directly into the outlet.
  • Always use a CSA or ULC approved device.
  • Turn it off at night or before you leave your home.
  • Keep any flammable material within one metre of the device.

Extension cords

  • Use CSA or ULC approved extension cords.
  • Do not overload the electrical circuit. Use a power bar instead.
  • Replace any damaged or heat-emitting cords.

Exits and access routes

  • Remove snow from exits, balconies, decks and windows after each snowfall.
  • Ensure access routes to these exits are clear.

Hot ashes

  • Cool hot ashes outside in a metal container with a metal lid.
  • Keep the ash container at a minimum of one metre from any combustible material
  • Wait at least seven days before transferring them to the waste bin.

Fondue burners

  • Place the burner on a stable surface that supports heat.
  • Never fill it when it is hot. Use a second burner instead.
  • Use an electric fondue stove.

Fire Prevention Week

The week was held from Sunday, October 4 to Saturday, October 10, 2020
“Your responsibility”

This year, prevention in the kitchen is in the spotlight! Visit the Public Security’s website and get tips on:
  • Smoke alarms
  • Articles for smokers
  • How to prevent cooking fires
  • Hazards near heat sources
  • Chimney sweeping and hot ashes
  • Preparing a fire evacuation plan and how to evacuate your home
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Electricity

Last updated: 03/04/2021
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