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FES-NL’s 12 Days of Fire Safety: Day 6

Short days and long, cold nights during the holiday season mark the arrival of winter in Newfoundland and Labrador.

With colder temperatures and people spending more time indoors, winter is the worst time of year for home fires, according to Fire Prevention Canada.


* 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.

 Winter hazards

* 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. 

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