Municipal Affairs and Environment
December 7, 2018

Public Advisory: The 12 Days of Fire Safety – Day 1

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment is providing fire safety tips in the days leading up to the holiday season through the 12 Days of Fire Safety. Each weekday up to Christmas Eve, the department will describe steps that we can all take to protect our families and our homes from emergency situations.

Candles are popular during the holiday season, but these open flames are a common cause of home fires. December is the peak time of year for candle-caused home fires, many of which start in the bedroom when a candle is placed too close to something flammable such as a sheet or lampshade.

Artificial candles are always preferable, but when using a candle with an open flame take the following precautions:

  • Always blow out candles when leaving the room or going to bed;
  • Never burn a candle if medical oxygen is used in your home;
  • Place candles on a secure, clean surface a safe distance (minimum 30 centimetres) from anything flammable;
  • Use sturdy candle holders that won’t easily tip over;
  • Light candles carefully, keeping them a safe distance from loose clothing and hair; and
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down as the heat can ignite some candle holders.

Follow the department on Twitter @MAE_GovNLexternal link icon for more holiday safety tips during the holiday season.

The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment wishes all residents a safe and happy holiday season. Thank you to all firefighters and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services for your dedication throughout the year.

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Media contact
Lynn Robinson
Municipal Affairs and Environment
709-729-5449, 691-9466
lynnrobinson@gov.nl.ca 

2018 12 07                              10:25 a.m.