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12 Days of Fire & CO Safety

CFNO brings you the 12 Days of Fire & CO Safety!

The number of fires and fire-related injuries and fatalities often increase during the holiday season. Festivities can turn tragic as a result of things such as unattended cooking, faulty decorative lighting, and careless use of candles. To help keep families safe, CFNO is teaming up with the Fire Marshal's Public Fire Safety Council for the 12 Days of Fire and CO Safety Campaign.

Each day leading up to Christmas, we’ll be sharing a safety tip and giving away a daily prize package consisting of a battery-operated smoke alarm, and a carbon monoxide alarm with a 10-year battery. The total daily value is $65! 

Be listening and give Al Cresswell the answers to each daily question below.

  • Thursday, December 7 - HOLIDAY LIGHTS

You don't need to be Clark Griswold to shine bright with lights this holiday! Consider using LED lights and hang with nail-free clips for your outdoor-rated lights. Cut your loss and toss damaged strings – an electrical fire is a sure bet for a lousy holiday.

  • Friday, December 8 - CANDLES & DECORATIONS

Is that candle too close to the decoration sitting on your table? Fires caused by holiday decorations and open flames from candles are all too common this season. Battery-powered candles are a great alternative but if you must light up, keep candles away from pets and children, put the candle in a sturdy container and always blow out when you leave the room. 

  • Monday, December 11 – SMOKE ALARMS

Tis the season - literally! Fatal fires are at their highest rate during the holidays. When seconds matter, a working smoke alarm is the gift of time in the event of a fire. An alarm on every storey, tested monthly, and batteries replaced annually, is probably the best gift you can give your family this season.

  • Tuesday, December 12 - CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS

Unlike gingerbread, it's odourless. Unlike your uncle's ugly Christmas sweater, it's invisible. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a deadly gas that can cause flu-like symptoms. A CO alarm alerts you to a potential CO emergency with four beeps and is the best way to protect your family from The Silent Killer.

  • Wednesday, December 13 - TREE WATERING

Falling needles are your tree's way of telling you it's drying out and is a fire waiting to happen. Avoid being a statistic and water your tree daily. Be wary of heat sources near the tree including furnace vents and non-LED lights.

  • Thursday, December 14 - EXTENSION CORDS

Getting wound up in the holiday spirit? Don't “overextend” your outlets! Extension cords are a temporary solution and if more outlets are required, have them installed by a licensed electrician. Fire and electric shock are not on anyone's list this season - avoid overloading a circuit and never run extension cords under a rug.

  • Friday, December 15 - KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

Holiday baking with children this holiday season? Make sure to keep an eye on those little bakers and remember to never leave the oven unattended. Safety first, cookies second! #HolidayFireSafety

  • Monday, December 18 - HOME FIRE ESCAPE PLANNING

Santa needs one way out of your home – you need two. Give your family the gift of peace of mind with a home fire escape plan and have two ways out of a burning home to ensure your loved ones are prepared for the worst so you can focus on the best: festive cheer!

  • Tuesday, December 19 - COOKING

Holidays are stressful enough but when 17% of fires in Ontario are cooking-related, it's important to remember to slow things down in the kitchen. Fires caused by cooking mostly happen when the stove is left unattended so be mindful when cooking and never leave the kitchen while using a stove.

  • Wednesday, December 20 - HEATING SOURCES

Baby, it's cold outside! Staying warm this Winter Solstice means practicing fire safety. Space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces are all great ideas until an accident happens. Keep at least one metre (3 feet) distance between your heat source and combustibles, like paper and fabrics.

  • Thursday, December 21 - SMOKING

Lit cigarettes are Ontario's number one cause of fatal fires. This season, have all smoking done outside using deep, sturdy ashtrays. Never flick your butt – a lit butt might be the difference between a holiday to remember and a holiday you'll never forget.

  • Friday, December 22 - LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES

Receiving a new lithium-ion toy during the festive period can be exciting but it can also add potential risk to your home. Always monitor the toy or device when it is charging, read the manufacturer's instructions for safe charging & do not exceed the recommended charging time.

Listen and win on the 12 Days of Fire & CO Safety from Your Hometown Sound, CFNO!

Note - Apple Inc. is not involved in any way with this contest or sweepstake.