Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) urges Mississauga residents to remember key fire safety tips this holiday season
Holiday Fire Safety Tips
- Check all sets of lights before decorating
o Before you put those lights on the tree or around the front window check the cords closely. Discard any sets that are frayed or damaged.
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms
o With family and friends spending extra time at your home over the holidays, it’s a great time to check your smoke alarms. Replace smoke alarms if they are over 10 years old. Remember that you need working smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Test your alarms to make sure they will alert you and your family if a fire occurs, giving you the precious seconds you need to safely escape.
- Make sure you have working carbon monoxide alarms
o Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odourless gas that can quickly kill you. Replace any carbon monoxide alarms over seven years old. Installing carbon monoxide alarms in your home will alert you to the presence of this deadly gas.
- Make sure everyone knows how to get out safely if a fire occurs
o Develop and practise a home fire escape plan with all members of the household and make sure someone helps young children, older adults or anyone else that may need assistance to evacuate. Once outside, stay outside and call 911 from a cell phone or neighbours house.
- There’s more to responsible drinking than taking a cab home
o With all the festive cheer this time of year, keep a close eye on anyone attempting to cook or smoke while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol is all too often a common factor in many fatal fires.