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To safeguard both persons and property from fire and life safety hazards through education, investigation, emergency response and code application.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner wishes all Manitobans a safe holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year.  Listed below are some holiday season safety tips that will help keep you and your family safe this holiday season:

  • Water freshly cut trees daily.
  • Check all sets of lights before decorating to ensure they are in good condition.
  • Never burn gift wrap, boxes, cartons, or other disposables in the fire place or wood stove.
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on all levels of your home.
  • Make sure you have working carbon monoxide alarms on every level.
  • Make sure everyone knows how to get out safely if a fire occurs.
  • Use extension cords wisely – never place them under rugs.
  • Operate space heaters in accordance with manufactures recommendations, providing sufficient space from all combustibles.
  • Don’t leave burning candles un-attended.  When you go out, blow them out.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the sight and reach of children.
  • Watch what you heat!  Always stay in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Encourage smokers to smoke outside, and provide appropriate containers for disposal of smoking materials.

When shopping for items such as light strings, fans, extension cords, lamps and light fixtures, pay attention to the safety labels.  Standards organizations such as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the Underwriter’s Laboratories of Canada (ULC, cUL) authorize manufacturers to use their approval or certification mark on products that have been tested to meet applicable standards for safety and performance.

Protect your family this season with simple tips and practices that you can follow all year long.

On behalf of the staff of the Office of the Fire Commissioner, have a safe and happy Holiday Season.

Thank you

David Schafer
Fire Commissioner

Holiday Fire Safety Kit

For additional resources please visit the OFC's Holiday Fire Safety webpage.