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December 9, 2011
Staying safe from fire this holiday season
The holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for frequency of home fires. The City of Toronto is urging residents to follow the "12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety" tips and make holiday safety a high priority.

Toronto Fire Services has compiled the 12 tips to help residents prevent the most common causes of home fires during the holiday season. Following the advice in the 12 tips will help to keep everyone safe from fire.

Day 1 - Water fresh trees daily.
Day 2 - Check all sets of lighting before decorating to ensure they are in good condition.
Day 3 - Make sure you have working smoke alarms.
Day 4 - Make sure you have working carbon monoxide alarms.
Day 5 - Make sure everyone knows how to get out safely if a fire occurs.
Day 6 - Use electrical extension cords wisely, following directions and common sense.
Day 7 - Give space heaters lots of room.
Day 8 - When you go out, blow out all candles.
Day 9 - Keep matches and lighters out of sight and away from the reach of children.
Day 10 - Watch what you heat. Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
Day 11 - Encourage smokers to smoke only outdoors.
Day 12 - Keep a close eye on anyone in your household who is consuming alcohol
while cooking or smoking.

A home fire during the holidays is particularly devastating. Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart is encouraging everyone to follow the 12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety tips.

"Get the whole family involved," said Chief Stewart. "This holiday season, we want zero fatalities and zero injuries due to fire. To stay safe, you need to install smoke alarms on every storey of the home, as well as a carbon monoxide alarm, and test them regularly to make sure they work. Replace smoke alarms that are over 10 years old and carbon monoxide alarms over seven years old.”

To learn more about these holiday fire safety tips and how to keep your family safe over the holidays, visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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