Fire Safety

Working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can save your life in an emergency. 

There are many ways you can improve fire safety including:

 Smoking Fire Safety (Cigarettes / Cannabis)

 How do I prevent a smoking fire?

  • Encourage smokers to smoke outside.
  • Do not extinguish cigarettes in plant pots, which may contain a mixture of peat moss, shredded wood and bark that can easily ignite.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Use large, deep ashtrays that cannot be knocked over.
  • Empty ashes into a metal container – not the garbage can – and put it outside.
  • If people have been smoking in your home, check behind chair and sofa cushions for cigarette butts before going to bed.

A Dangerous Mix: Alcohol is a factor in many smoking-related fires!

IMPAIRMENT INCLUDES CANNABIS cooking while under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs or cannabis can result in a fire.

Whether it is tobacco or cannabis, cigarettes and joints need to be properly extinguished in large, deep ashtrays.

Hazardous extraction using flammable materials such as butane is against the law in homes and in basements.

Extracting cannabis oil with flammable solvents is extremely hazardous. It can result in the uncontrolled release of flammable vapours. If ignited, these vapours lead to explosions and fires that can cause serious injury or death.

 Cooking Safely
  • Keep your cooking space clean and free of anything that can burn;
  • Don't store anything on the back of your stove;
  • Reaching over hot burners and pots can cause burns;
  • Roll up your sleeves or wear a short sleeved shirt;
  • Keep pot lids close to the stove while you cook;
  • If there is a small fire you can slide lids onto pots and turn off burners to put it out.
Heating You Home Safely 
  • Keep anything that can burn at least one metre away from furnaces, baseboard heaters, woodstoves and fireplaces;
  • Make sure you have working carbon monoxide alarms outside sleeping areas in your home;
  • Get regular maintenance on your heating equipment from a qualified professional;
  • Turn off portable heaters every time you leave the room and when you go to bed;
  • Put ashes into a metal bucked far from combustible materials to cool down;
  • It can take three days for ashes to cool completely;
  • Maintain chimneys to make sure there are no blockages.
Using Candles Safely 
  • Always stay in the room when candles are burning, put out the flame every time you leave the room or go to bed;
  • In a power outage use battery powered lanterns or battery powered candles to reduce the risk of fire;
  • Keep candles away from anything that can burn such as furniture or curtains;
  • Keep candles away from pets;
  • Keep candles in sturdy candleholders that won't tip or burn.
Clearing Fire Hydrants 
  • Keep fire hydrants visible and accessible;
  • Keep grass and vegetation away from fire hydrants;
  • In winter make sure there is one metre of clear space around fire hydrants and clear paths to reach fire hydrants.

Contact Us

© 2017 City of Woodstock P.O. Box 1539, 500 Dundas Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 0A7

 

Phone: 519-539-1291
TTY: 519-539-7268
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