Each year, preventable fires during the holiday season injure British Columbians and cause thousands of dollars in property damage.
Because many fires are preventable, the Office of the Fire Commissioner and Emergency Management BC offer some basic fire safety tips so British Columbians can enjoy a fire-safe holiday season.
• Use non-combustible containers for tea lights and votive candles. Battery-operated candles are an excellent alternative.
• Ensure candle holders are placed on a stable surface and never leave lit candles unattended.
• When using gas fireplaces with young children present, consider providing a barrier to prevent physical contact as the glass front can reach over 300 C and takes 45 minutes to cool off.
• Be sure that cooking is never left unattended.
Smoke alarms and fire escape planning
• Ensure that working smoke alarms are provided on every level of your home and outside each sleeping area.
• Test and clean smoke alarms regularly and change batteries at least twice a year.
• Develop a fire escape plan, practise it regularly and have at least two ways out of your home.
• Holiday emergency tips from Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness: https://soundcloud.com/bcgov/minister-yamamoto-emergency-kits-december-21-2016
• EMBC works year-round with local governments to prepare for emergencies. For more information on how you and your family can get prepared, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/PreparedBC
• How to build an emergency kit: http://ow.ly/XsJC307cqLI
• Household preparedness guide: http://ow.ly/7FqY307cqXV
• Household emergency plan: http:// ow.ly/ TSqL307 cr4o