Springwater Township / December 10, 2015 – With the holiday season upon us, we are entering one of the most festive times of the year, but unfortunately it can also be a deadly time of the year.
Springwater Fire and Emergency Services is urging everyone to pay special attention to ash removal and the prevention of chimney fires during the holidays.
“The hustle and bustle of the holidays can dramatically increase your risk of having a fire,” says Fire Prevention Officer Jeff Corriveau. “All too often, these fires are started by disposing of hot ashes too close to buildings or failing to maintain the wood burning appliance in your home. Have your appliance inspected annually by a certified W.E.T.T. technician and clean your chimney of flammable creosote. Dispose of ashes in a tight fitting metal container away from any building and soak them in water overnight.”
Springwater Fire and Emergency Services is also reminding everyone to install and maintain working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas of the home. Working smoke alarms are required on every storey of the home. Failure to comply with the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm requirements can result in a $360 ticket or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals and $100,000 for corporations.
Enjoy a fire safe holiday season by following these tips:
For more tips of ensuring you have a safe and fore-free holiday season please visit www.springwater.ca/fire
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