12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety’ Returns to Prevent Yuletide Tragedies

Home Fire Simulation on YouTube Shows Right and Wrong Way to Set up Your Home for the Holidays 

Clearview- ‘Tis the Season to be Careful as we approach peak holiday season, due to the increased risk of fire fatalities across Ontario. The Ontario Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council invites all Ontario residents to join in the ‘12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety’. 

To help keep families safe over the holidays, the campaign features 12 updated life-saving tips, one for each of the 12 days leading up to Christmas. 

Upwards of 300 fire departments participate in the province-wide effort, which this year adds to its public safety campaign a dramatic new YouTube video showing the right and the wrong way to equip your home for the holidays.  

The new video entitled, 3 Minutes of Holiday Havoc, is available on the Safeathome.ca YouTube channel as of noon on December 9th. The piece captures a room burn simulation set up at the Toronto Fire Academy.

“While holiday fires can happen anywhere and anytime, it most often strikes when people are distracted by the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Prevent fires this season by staying in the kitchen when cooking, avoid overloading circuits with extension cords and, if you use a space heater, keep it a safe distance from anything that can burn,” says Tadeusz (Ted) Wieclawek, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chair of the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council.

Fire safety tips are available for download at safeathome.ca/12days. The tips highlight the importance of working smoke alarms, the new provincial requirement to install Carbon Monoxide alarms in your home and encourage the use of flameless candles to help minimize the risk of fire during the holidays. 

For more information, contact: 

Fire Chief Colin Shewell
(705) 428-4355 Ext 223
Twitter @clearviewFire

Miglena Valeva,
Dec 8, 2014, 11:31 AM
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Dec 8, 2014, 10:00 AM