Preventing crime and maintaining safe communities is everyone's responsibility. By practising the following personal and property safety tips, you can help reduce the incidents of crime and keep your community safe.
Sitting by the fire with loved ones can be one of the best parts of winter. However, it is important to keep fireplaces of all kinds in tip-top shape to prevent fire emergencies in your home. Here are some tips on how to prevent fires caused by gas and wood-burning fireplaces:
▪ Have your chimney inspected once every year by a certified chimney sweep
▪ Make sure your chimney is checked for cracked or missing bricks, missing mortar and creosote build-up
▪ Never use an accelerant when starting a fire
▪ Use only dry, untreated wood
▪ Clean out ashes on a regular basis
▪ Keep away from the glass of the fireplace, as it can reach up to 200ºC
▪ Make sure all combustible materials are kept away from fireplace
▪ Never leave your child alone in the same room when any fireplace is on
▪ If the pilot light goes out, wait at least five minutes before attempting to re-light it
▪ If you smell gas, turn off your fireplace and contact your gas company immediately
▪ Keep the viewing glass clean, but make sure to only wipe it when cool
For more information on fire safety, please contact your local fire department.