‘Tis the season for 12 days of holiday fire safety

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 – for immediate release

‘Tis the season for 12 days of holiday fire safety

Share Oakville Fire’s safety tips on social media for a chance to win!

Oakville Fire is joining fire departments across Ontario in support of the Ontario Fire Marshal’s “12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety” campaign to raise awareness of holiday fire hazards and steps residents can take to stay safe.

“December is traditionally one of the most dangerous months of the year for fatal fires,” said Fire Chief Lee Grant. “That’s why it’s so important to take every precaution so that you and your family can enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.”

The Oakville Fire department will share the daily safety tips listed below on its Twitter account @oakvillefire and on the town’s Facebook page.

“These tips are easy to remember, easy to share and could potentially save a life,” said Glenn Barwell, public education officer, Oakville Fire.

Day 1: Water fresh trees daily.
Day 2: Check all lights before decorating.
Day 3: Make sure you have working smoke alarms.
Day 4: Protect your family – carbon monoxide alarms are now required by law.
Day 5: Make sure everyone knows how to get out safely.
Day 6: Use extension cords wisely.
Day 7: Give space heaters space.
Day 8: Go flameless (use battery-operated candles).
Day 9: Keep matches and lighters away from children.
Day 10: Watch what you heat.
Day 11: Ask smokers to smoke outside.
Day 12: There’s more to responsible drinking than taking a cab home.

Residents who share or retweet the tips will have a chance to win one of 12 home fire safety kits. One winner will be chosen randomly each business day (Monday to Friday) from December 9 to 24.

Visit the 12 Days of Holiday Safety page for more information.

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‘Tis the season for 12 days of holiday fire safety