Montréal’s Fire Department releases holiday safety blog

December 4, 2023

The Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal (SIM) has recently published a Montréalfocusing on safety tips for the upcoming holiday season.

The blog emphasizes the importance of safety during this time of year, as homes are often adorned with decorations that could pose fire hazards.

Ensuring Christmas tree safety

One of the critical points addressed by the SIM is the safe installation and maintenance of Christmas trees, whether artificial or natural.

They advise keeping the tree away from heat sources, such as electric floor boards, space heaters, and fireplaces.

It’s also recommended to turn off Christmas lights before going to bed or leaving the home, and to keep the tree stand filled with water to prevent drying out.

After the holidays, the SIM suggests storing the tree outdoors in the shade until the scheduled collection date.

Candle and light safety

The blog further highlights the importance of careful handling of candles and lights.

Turning off indoor and outdoor decorative lights before bedtime or when leaving the house is crucial.

Candles should be placed out of reach of children and pets, and never in the Christmas tree.

The use of battery-operated candles and LED lights is encouraged, along with keeping all decorations away from heat sources.

Preparing emergency exits and appliances

The SIM urges residents to ensure all emergency exits are clear and accessible.

Additionally, the installation of a carbon monoxide detector near sleeping areas is crucial, especially when using fuel-powered appliances.

Keeping the area around fireplaces and stoves clear is also vital for safety.

Importance of smoke alarms and kitchen safety

Smoke alarms are a critical aspect of home safety.

The blog advises having a functioning smoke alarm on every floor, including the basement, and complying with regulations regarding the type of smoke alarms used.

In the kitchen, using a timer to avoid forgetting meals on the stove or in the oven, and never leaving cooking unattended are emphasized as crucial safety measures.

FSJA Comment

The Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal’s emphasis on holiday safety is timely and vital.

During the festive season, the increase in decorative elements like candles, lights, and trees significantly raises the risk of fire hazards in homes.

By providing these comprehensive safety tips, the SIM plays a crucial role in educating the public about preventing potential tragedies.

Their focus on critical areas like Christmas tree maintenance, candle and light safety, preparation of emergency exits, and the use of smoke alarms underscores the multifaceted approach needed for a safe holiday season.

This initiative is an essential reminder that safety should be a paramount concern during these festive times.

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