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‘Tis the Season! Holiday Safety

Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together, but that also means a greater risk for fire.

The Airdrie Fire Department reminds residents to follow a few simple tips to ensure a happy and fire-safe holiday season.

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  • Test your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Tell guests about your home escape plan, very important if they are staying overnight.
  • Don’t leave candles unattended. Keep children and pets away from lit candles. Choose battery operated flameless candles whenever possible.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food stay in your home. Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep children and pets away from the cooking area. Create a safe zone at least 1 meter around the stove and countertops.
  • Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  • Ask smokers to smoke outside, provide large deep non-combustible ashtrays. Don’t use planters to dispose of cigarettes.
  • Turn off all holiday lights and decorations before leaving home or going to bed
  • Water live Christmas trees daily. Get rid of the tree when its dry or the season is over.

If you have a small fire and have doubt about fighting it:
- Get out and stay out, never go back inside for people, pets, or things
- When you leave, close the door behind you
- Call 9-1-1 from outside the home

Follow these tips and have a wonderful holiday season. Happy Holidays from the Airdrie Fire Department.

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Media contact:
Deputy Chief James Kostuk
403.948.8800 ext. 7889