Milton Fire News

‘Tis the Season to be Fire Safe

Posted on Tuesday December 11, 2018

With the holiday season upon us, we are entering one of the most festive times of the year. But it can also be a deadly time of the year.

The Milton Fire Department is urging everyone to pay special attention when cooking during the holidays. Provincial statistics reveal that careless cooking is the number one cause of fires and the second leading cause of fatal fires.

“The holidays are a time for celebration with family and friends. Unfortunately, they are also a time when the number of preventable residential fires increases,” said Fire Chief Dave Pratt. “That is why fire safety should be a key consideration in any holiday plans.”

The Milton Fire Department is also is reminding everyone about the law requiring working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. Take a few minutes to test your smoke alarms and make sure everyone in the home knows exactly what to do if the smoke alarms sound in an emergency. Develop and practice a home escape plan with everyone in the home.

Enjoy a fire safe holiday season by following these tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Cooking is a major cause of home fires, so don’t leave the kitchen if there’s something cooking on the stove. If a pot catches fire, don’t try to move it. Cover the pot with a lid to smother the flames and turn off the burner.
  • Make sure all cigarettes are properly extinguished before going to bed.
  • Install and maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas of the home. Smoke alarms also are required on every storey. Failure to comply with the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $360 or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals and $100,000 for corporations.
  • Develop and practice a home escape plan with everyone in the home.

For more information on fire safety, visit www.miltonfire.ca.