To help keep your family safe over the holidays KISS 100.5 is teaming up with the North Bay Fire & Emergency Services and the Fire Marshal's Public Safety Council for the 12 Days of Holiday Fire & CO Safety campaign.
Each day for 12 days leading up to Christmas they will be sharing a safety tip and giving you an opportunity to win a daily prize package consisting of a 5'' battery-operated smoke alarm, a carbon monoxide alarm with a 10-year battery and smoke and carbon monoxide alarm safety brochures. The approximate retail value of this prize package is over $65.00.
Listen every day starting December 12th till December 23rd for your daily tips!
The number of fires and fire-related injuries and fatalities often increase during the holiday season. Festivities can quickly turn tragic as a result of things such as unattended cooking, faulty decorative lighting and careless use of candles.
Q1. Why is fire safety a concern during the holidays?
A1. Statistics show that one in three fire deaths occur during the months of November, December and January.
Q2. Why are there so many fire fatalities during those three months?
A2. Typically fires happen when people get preoccupied or distracted from what we are doing, or we let our guard down.
And with the busyness of the holidays, it can be very easy to get distracted or let our guard down.
Add to that the likelihood that we might have a drink or two – or more - during the holidays and it becomes very easy to forget about the cooking pot on the stove or let a burning cigarette fall onto the couch.
That’s when a tragedy can happen.
Q3. What are some of the leading causes of fires during the holidays and what can people do to prevent them?
A3. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires - people who leave their cooking unattended.
So it is really important to stay in the kitchen while you are cooking.
If you have to leave for any reason, turn off the stove.
Another leading cause is careless smoking. A typical scenario is a person will sit down on the couch with a drink and a cigarette. They may be tired at the end of the day or they get caught up with what’s on TV. It doesn’t take much of a distraction for burning ashes to fall unnoticed on the couch or behind a pillow. And very quickly a fire can occur.
So if you know someone who smokes encourage them to smoke outside. Make sure they use large deep ashtrays. Empty ashes into a metal container – not in the garbage – and put it outside. And people should never smoke in bed.
Cooking and smoking are activities that require careful attention. When you add alcohol to the mix, the combination can lead to disastrous and often fatal results.
Many fire deaths are caused by people attempting to cook or smoke while under the influence of alcohol.
If you drink, drink responsibly and keep an eye on others in your household who are drinking.
Q4. I see you’ve brought in some smoke alarms. Can you talk about the importance of smoke alarms?
A.4 Smoke alarms can be the difference between living or dying in a fire.
Fire spreads so quickly that you may have less than 3 minutes to escape a fire in your home. That means you need as much time as possible to safely escape.
Only working smoke alarms provide the early detection of fire you need to safely escape.
Here are a few examples of smoke alarms. They can cost as little as $14. Make sure you have one on every story of your home and outside all sleeping areas.
And just as important as smoke alarms, you have to make sure everyone in your home knows what to do when the smoke alarms sound in an emergency.
Practice a home escape plan with everyone in the home. Have two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure someone is responsible for helping young children, older adults or people with disabilities to leave the home. Choose a meeting place outside where everyone can be accounted for.
And remember to install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas of your home.
Note: Media are likely to ask about Christmas trees, decorative lights and candles as fire hazards.
Actually the bigger risks are unattended cooking and careless smoking.
So we really need people to stay in the kitchen when cooking. Don’t get distracted and leave the pots on the stove.
If you smoke make sure you use deep ashtrays and fully extinguish cigarettes.
Q5. What are some other things that people can do to prevent fires during the holidays?
A5. Christmas Trees:
Make a fresh cut across the trunk about an inch from the original cut when you bring the tree into the house for decorating. Use a tree stand that holds plenty of water.
Trees are thirsty. They may drink up to four litres of water per day, so be sure to check daily and supply fresh water as needed.
Place your tree away from fireplaces, radiators, television sets and other sources of heat.
NEVER use lighted candles on or near a Christmas tree and avoid the use of combustible decorations.
People should remember to inspect their decorative lights every year before using them. If wiring is frayed or worn, or if the lights are old, they should be replaced.
Turn off Christmas tree lights when you leave and before you go to bed at night.
Make sure lights are used in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations.
Candles are another cause of fires across the province, especially during the holidays.
If you are going to use candles, make sure you place them in a sturdy holder so they can’t be tipped over.
Keep candles away from anything that can burn and always blow them out before leaving the room.
Keep candles away from children and pets, keep them out of bedrooms and keep them away from the Christmas tree.
Emergency Preparedness Week: “Be Ready for Anything”
Across Canada, Emergency Preparedness Week (May 1-7, 2022) asks Canadians to “Be Ready for Anything!” and take action to prepare for unexpected emergencies. Extreme weather, flooding and wildfire are prime examples of hazards becoming more common which can severely impact communities. Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face - whether natural or human-induced.
Emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime and during these events, response agencies such as Police, Fire and EMS will focus their efforts first where the need is greatest which is why individual emergency preparedness is so important. The first 72 hours of an emergency are critical and every family should be prepared to be as self-sufficient as possible.
By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anywhere, anytime. It is important to:
This week, we encourage you to take concrete actions to be better prepared. Please do your part! Experience has shown that individual preparedness goes a long way to help people cope better - both during and after a major disaster. Get an emergency kit now - it can make a world of difference.
The 72 Hour Emergency Kit Checklist below outlines the basic items every individual should have:
Fire Chief, Jason Whiteley
705-474-0626 ext. 4801
Bylaw amendments related to outdoor burning take effect
North Bay, ON – Feb. 23, 2022 – The City of North Bay’s amended bylaw regulating the setting of fires and the precautions to be taken with open-air burning and the use of gas fired outdoor appliances is now in effect.
The amended bylaw, which was approved by Council Tuesday following three readings, changes the times that outdoor fires are allowed within the City to between 6 p.m. and 12 a.m. Previously, outdoor fires were permitted between the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. A permit is still required for all open-air fires within City limits.
The change provides an additional 30 minutes of burning time and is expected to benefit young families, while helping to reduce nuisance complaints related to late-night burning.
Additionally, the amended bylaw repeals a restriction previously in place that prohibited the use of barbecues on balconies, roof tops or decks above the first storey of a building. It is now the responsibility of building owners, condominium boards and management representatives to determine if barbecues will be permitted.
North Bay Fire and Emergency Services personnel are available to offer guidance to building owners, condominium boards and management representatives regarding the changes.
The amended bylaw comes as a result of recent review of the rules previously in place.
Please see the Burning Permits and By-Laws section for more details.
Carbon Monoxide Safety Extends Beyond Your Home
North Bay Fire & Emergency Services, January 8, 2021 – While packing up to head to the ice shack or camp, consider if a carbon monoxide alarm and batteries should be added to your list. It’s easy to forget that the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning extend beyond your home. If you have a heating or cooking device at your ice hut or cabin that burns fuel such as wood, propane, natural gas, kerosene, oil or charcoal; it can emit deadly levels of CO if it is not designed for indoor use, malfunctions or is not properly ventilated.
Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ because you can’t smell it, see it or taste it and if it goes undetected, high level exposure can cause death within minutes.
Tips to Protect Yourself:
Carbon Monoxide Safety in Your Home
You are required by law to have a working CO alarm outside each sleeping area if your home is equipped with a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Prevent Carbon Monoxide in your home:
Know the sound of your CO alarm and maintain them:
For more CO safety tips, visit the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management’s website and COsafety.ca.
Recreational and Non-Recreational Burning Permits are now available online
North Bay, ON – February 17, 2017 – In the wake of a fatal fire in Brampton, Ont. on Tuesday, February 14, the North Bay Fire and Emergency Services wants to remind the public to make sure that they have working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas, and have practiced a home fire escape plan with everyone in their home.
It has not yet been determined if there were working smoke alarms in the fatal fire in Brampton.
“Many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, so early warning is crucial to survival,” says Fire Chief Jason Whiteley. “The Ontario Fire Code requires working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, our fire department is recommending that you also install a smoke alarm in every bedroom. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms.”
Just as important as having working smoke alarms is making sure everyone in your home knows exactly what to do to escape before a fire occurs.
“We want to make sure these types of tragedies do not happen in North Bay,” continued Chief Whiteley.
Simple smoke and carbon monoxide alarm tips:
Simple steps for home fire escape planning include:
For people who live in apartment buildings and need assistance to escape:
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