In Manitoba, where temperatures can crack -50c, we have to be extra diligent in our management of potential fire-starting sources. The mix of cold and fire is one nasty problem you do not want to have.
Be very careful with the following
- Candles: Set a reminder to extinguish all candles before you leave or go to bed. When possible, put all candles in burn-resistant containers that can protect against negligence and delay the spread. NEVER put them in places where animals, humans, or other external factors can bump or get too close to. Always keep them away from any type of flammables or fabrics like curtains, blankets, or even the Christmas tree!
- Fireplaces: Never put embers or ash from the fireplace in a plastic bag, it can easily ignite. Do not burn wrapping paper, plastics, or anything else that is not an approved substance for burning indoors. This can cause a flash fire or even worse, harmful toxic chemical fumes to fill your home. And finally, never leave it unattended even for short periods.
- Heating systems: The general rule is to put anything that can burn 3 feet away from the equipment. And these areas should always be kid-free zones. If you have a portable heater don’t forget to turn it off when you are leaving.
- Christmas decorations: If you have an artificial tree, look for the label “fire-resistant” which means the fire can burn but it will take more time to spread. If you are going for a real one selects a fresh green tree. Follow all the necessary steps (cut the stump, drill water holes, fill with water, etc.) to ensure that tree stays healthy. Dry trees burn very quickly. When setting up the tree be aware to place it away from radiators, fireplaces, or any other heat source.
- Lights and Electrical: Always use CSA approved lights, don’t use lights with cracked sockets or loose connections. Use a max of 3 sets per extension cord and don’t use electric lights on a metallic tree. These trees can be charged with electricity and someone can be electrocuted. Remember to always turn off all lights inside and out before you go to bed or when leaving the house.
If you do run into any issues, rest easy, emergency 1 is always here to help. Be proactive in your preparation by contacting Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning our team at 204-727.help(4357) to learn how to minimize your risks. Whether prepping for disaster or dealing with it, we will help you through the entirety of the process. Including making the insurance claim!