December 23, 2015

Be Safe This Holiday Season

The Government of Saskatchewan wants everyone to have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season – but also a safe one with friends and family.

“As we celebrate the holiday season, take a few minutes to plan for you and your loved ones safety," Emergency Management and Fire Safety Deputy Commissioner Mieka Cleary said.  "Whether it’s ensuring your home is fire safe or being prepared as you travel to see family and friends, taking the necessary precautions can help avoid an emergency situation.”

Placing, decorating and disposing of a Christmas tree:

  • The tree should be placed at least three feet from any heat source like fireplaces, radiators, candles and heat vents.
  • Tree decoration light strings should be approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), discarded if damaged, and never left on when leaving home or going to sleep.
  • Trees should also be disposed of quickly after celebrating the holidays.

Smoke detectors:

  • Remember to check your home’s smoke detectors during the holidays and test them monthly.
  • Everyone in your home should understand a smoke detectors sound and know they are to exit a building quickly and calmly before calling the fire department.

Home safety:

  • Remember to check around the house to ensure electrical cords are not stripped or exposed, not overloaded and not covered with carpeting or other flammable materials.
  • Never leave open flames such as candles or fireplaces unattended.
  • Never leave cooking pots or pans unattended on the stove or in the oven when preparing Christmas dinner.

Road Safety:

  • Be sure to check the weather and the province’s Highway Hotline before leaving at http://hotline.gov.sk.ca/map/en.html
  • Make sure your car is in good mechanical condition, preferably with snow tires, and plan ahead to ensure you have enough gas.
  • If you do get stuck in an isolated area, don’t try and walk out.  Stay with the vehicle.
  • Always travel with an emergency kit in your vehicle.

A basic vehicle kit should contain:

Food that won’t spoil such as energy bars, water in plastic bottles, blankets, extra clothes, a candle in a deep can and matches, a first aid kit, a shovel, a wind-up flashlight, a whistle, maps, sand, salt or non-clumping cat litter, a tow rope, jumper cables, and reflectors, warning light or road flares.

On behalf of the Government of Saskatchewan, have a happy and safe holiday season.