Dec 13, 2011
Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services (MFES) reminds families to be especially vigilant
about fire safety over the holiday season.
This is a very busy time for many people and its easy to become distracted or
forgetful, said Fire Chief John McDougall. All it takes is for a pot to be left on
the stove, or a candle left burning unattended and a familys holiday celebrations can
McDougall added that the law in Ontario requires all homes have working smoke alarms on every
storey and outside all sleeping areas. Smoke alarms must be tested and if the batteries require
replacing safely dispose of them and install new ones. Failure to comply with the smoke alarm
law can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000.
Fire Safety Tips:
- Place your Christmas tree away from fireplaces and radiators. Keep the stand filled with
water and place the tree out of the way of traffic, window coverings and do not block doorways.
After 10 to 14 days, remove your tree from your home for even the freshest tree can dry out
- Make an escape plan with your family. With the Christmas season there may be extended
family and/or friends staying overnight in your home. Make sure all visitors know the home
escape plan; the ways to get out, and the outside meeting place.
- Watch all items being cooked on a stove. Unattended cooking is a major cause of home fires.
If a pot catches fire, dont try to move it. Cover the pot with a lid to smother the
flames and turn off the burner.
- Place lit candles in sturdy candleholders that wont tip and are covered with a glass
shade. Candles should be situated away from children, pets and any combustible items.
- Use electrical extension cords wisely. Don't overload them by plugging in appliances that
draw more watts than rated for the cord, be sure that the cords are cULus or CSA listed and
throw away damaged cords.
- Drink responsibly for excessive alcohol consumption is a contributing factor in many
Please visit www.mississauga.ca/fire
for more information on smoke alarms and other safety tips.
For more information about the Citys Fire Prevention and Life Safety Unit contact
division chief Roger Clement, 905-615-3200 extension 5905.
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses,
including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices.
A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in
the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers
for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing
its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation,
operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which is reflected in its motto: "Leading
Today for Tomorrow."
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Public Affairs Consultant