* Ensure no flammable materials, especially paint and gasoline, have been stored near your source of heating;
* Always supervise children and pets around sources of heat;
* When using a space heater, inspect the cord and ensure it is not damaged. Always plug a space heater directly into an outlet without using an extension cord;
* Always keep at least one metre of space around a space heater;
* Never leave a space heater running in an unoccupied room; and
* Never dry shoes or clothes by placing them on a heater or wood stove.
* Clear snow from all exterior entrances of your home; they are your means of escape in the event of a fire or emergency. Check on seniors and other residents in your neighbourhood who may need assistance with this task;
* Never use any open-flame device to thaw a frozen pipe. Call a licensed plumber;
* If you choose to smoke inside, use a deep, sturdy ashtray and never smoke in bed;
* Never use an appliance that burns fuel inside as this will generate deadly carbon monoxide. Equip your home with a carbon monoxide detector;
* Only operate a generator in a clean, dry, well-ventilated area;
* Equip your car with an emergency kit; and
* Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit for your home.
Fire and Emergency Services Newfoundland (FES-NL) is marking the lead up to Christmas with the 12 Days of Fire Safety. Residents are also invited to tweet a photo of fire safety being practiced during the holiday season @MA_GovNL. A winning entry will receive an emergency preparedness kit.