A dan­ger­ous mix

Cook­ing, smok­ing and al­co­hol pose fire safety haz­ards over hol­i­day sea­son

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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.

City of Kenora Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices urges ev­ery­one to in­clude fire safety in all hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions. This in­cludes pay­ing spe­cial at­ten­tion when cook­ing dur­ing the hol­i­days, and to drink re­spon­si­bly. Pro­vin­cial sta­tis­tics re­veal that care­less cook­ing is the num­ber one cause of fires and the se­cond lead­ing cause of fa­tal fires.

“The hus­tle and bus­tle of the hol­i­days can dra­mat­i­cally in­crease your risk of hav­ing a fire,” says Fire Chief Todd Skene. “All too of­ten, these fires are started by unat­tended cook­ing and in many cases al­co­hol is in­volved. We want ev­ery­one to be fire safe and fully en­joy the hol­i­days.”

Smok­ing is an­other lead­ing cause of fires dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. “Make sure smok­ers ex­tin­guish cig­a­rettes in large deep ash­trays – not in plant pots which may con­tain peat moss or shred­ded bark that can eas­ily ig­nite,” con­tin­ued Fire Chief Skene. “Ashes should be emp­tied in a metal con­tainer – not the garbage can – and put out­side.”

City of Kenora Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices also re­minds 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.

• Keep things that can burn

such as cook­ing uten­sils and pa­per tow­els a safe dis­tance from the stove as they can eas­ily ig­nite if they are too close.

• Keep an eye on any drinkers

in your house­hold and make sure all cig­a­rettes are prop­erly ex­tin­guished and the stove is off be­fore go­ing to bed.

• Cig­a­rettes can smoul­der

among up­hol­stered items for hours be­fore ig­nit­ing. Check so­fas and chairs for cig­a­rettes that may have fallen be­tween the cush­ions. Pro­vide large, deep ash­trays for smok­ers.

• Drink re­spon­si­bly. Ex­ces­sive al­co­hol con­sump­tion is a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in many res­i­den­tial fires.

• 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.

If you have ques­tions about fire safety or re­quire any help with smoke or car­bon monox­ide alarms, please con­tact Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices at 807-467-2090 or drop by Sta­tion One, 100 Four­teenth Street North, Kenora.

FILE PHOTO

City of Kenora vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers An­drew Ro­gozin­ski and Brad King at the Kenora Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Fire Safety House dur­ing Fam­ily Safety Night in Septem­ber 2018. Fire Chief Todd Skene re­minds res­i­dents to prac­tice fire safety dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­day sea­son.

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