The holidays are an exciting time of the year. Many people will be spending extra time in the kitchen, preparing meals and treats for their households to enjoy. Beautiful Christmas lights and other decorations are on display inside and out on homes throughout the city, too. With the excitement and added busyness, Kitchener Fire reminds residents that it can also be a time of year to become easily distracted or preoccupied. Statistics show that one in three fire deaths occur in the months of November, December and January.

During the holiday season, it is even more important to make sure to follow proper fire safety to ensure your celebrations remain a time of joy and happiness. Follow the 12 Days of Fire Safety to ensure a safe and happy holiday season for you and your loved ones.

1. Water fresh trees daily 

2. Check all sets of lights before decorating

3. Make sure you have working smoke alarms

4. Make sure you have working carbon monoxide alarms

5. Make sure everyone knows how to get out safely if a fire occurs

6. Use extension cords wisely

7. Give space heaters space

8. When you go out, blow out

 9. Keep matches and lighters out of the sight and reach of children

 10. Watch what you heat

 11. Encourage smokers to smoke outside

 12. Drink responsibly


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