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Kawartha Lakes Fire Department Says House Fires In December Alone Resulted In Almost $1.8 Million In Damages And One Death

KAWARTHA LAKES-Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service (KLFRS) says house fires during the month of December caused $1.8 million in damages and the loss of a life.

The fire department has concluded its Keep The Wreath Green campaign for December 2023, an initiative aimed at promoting fire safety and prevention during the holiday season but unfortunately, the campaign was punctuated by six fires.

The Keep The Wreath Green holiday safety program, a symbolic representation of fire incidents, saw a total of six green bulbs on the wreath being replaced with red bulbs to signify each fire occurrence. This stark reminder of the real impact of fires in our community reinforces the importance of fire safety and prevention measures according to fire officials.

“These incidents serve as a sobering reminder of the destructive power of fires and the critical need for residents to be vigilant and proactive in ensuring the safety of their homes and loved ones,” said Fire Prevention Public Educator Katie Dukelow. “Our hearts go out to the family affected by the tragic loss during one of these incidents, and we are committed to doing everything in our power to prevent such occurrences in the future.”

KLFRS would like to use this unfortunate series of events as an opportunity to encourage residents to prioritize fire safety and adopt preventive measures in their homes. To assist in this effort, they have provided the following fire prevention tips:

  • Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Ensure smoke alarms are installed on every level of your home and carbon monoxide alarms are installed outside all sleeping areas, test them monthly to guarantee functionality.
  • Create an Escape Plan: Develop a fire escape plan with your family, designating a meeting point outside the home.
  • Check Heating Devices: If you use space heaters or fireplaces, inspect them regularly to prevent malfunctions and keep flammable materials at a safe distance.
  • Kitchen Safety: Exercise caution while cooking, and never leave cooking appliances unattended. Keep flammable items away from the stove.
  • Electrical Safety: Avoid overloading electrical outlets and replace damaged cords promptly. Consider the age of electrical appliances and replace them if necessary.
  • Candle Safety: Use candles responsibly, placing them in sturdy holders and never leave them burning unattended.
  • Outdoor Fires: Exercise caution with outdoor fires and ensure they are properly extinguished before leaving them unattended.
  • Smoking Safety: If you smoke, do so outside and ensure cigarette butts are properly extinguished in non-combustible containers.
  • Lithium-ion Battery Charging: Lithium-ion batteries, commonly found in various e-bikes and other electronic devices, can pose a fire hazard if mishandled, damaged, or improperly charged. Understanding and following proper usage practices is crucial in preventing accidents and ensuring public safety. Learn more about lithium-ion battery safety here.

Visit the KLFRS Fire Safety and Prevention page to learn more about fire safety in Kawartha Lakes.



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