Follow along on their Facebook page until Christmas Eve, as the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) is sharing safety tips through their "12 Days of Holiday" Safety campaign.
Some of the tips are centered around personal safety when it comes to the winter, but others have to do with fire hazards specifically.
"This season is a time to celebrate with decorations and gathering with family, but a few simple actions can keep you and your loved ones safe," Saskatchewan Fire Marshal Wayne Rodger said. "By following these safety tips, you'll be able to identify and reduce the risk of common fire and safety hazards in your home."
Fire Commissioner and SPSA President Marlo Pritchard agrees with Rodger.
"It only takes seconds for a fire to start because of lit candles left unattended, over-taxed electrical cords or a pot left unwatched," Pritchard said. "A safe celebration in your home may be the most important gift your family and friends receive this year."
Beginning yesterday and running until December 24th, 2022, the SPSA will share more on their daily holiday safety tip regarding actions you can take in and around your home when it comes to everyday household items such as lights, extension cords, winter travel and candles.
"Most actions take just a few seconds and have little to no cost but will significantly reduce your safety risk throughout the winter season."
Here are some quotes pulled from the 12 Days of Holiday Safety:
Day 1: Holiday Preparedness
"Each home should have a working carbon monoxide detector, smoke alarm, fire extinguisher and a first-aid kit."
Day 2: Tree Safety
"Trees should be placed away from high-traffic areas, doorways, heating vents, fireplaces, space heaters, candles and other ignition sources."
Day 3: Holiday Lighting
"Never use lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights and you may be electrocuted if you touch it."
Day 4: Plan Your Escape
"It’s important that everyone, including overnight guests, are familiar with your home escape plan."
Day 5: Fireplace Safety
"When using a fireplace or woodstove, ensure there is a fresh air supply into your home."
Day 6: Winter Preparedness
"Everyone should have a winter preparedness kit for their home and vehicle in case of emergency."
Day 7: Extension Cords and Power Strips
"Only use outdoor extension cords outdoors, and keep them clear of snow and standing water."
Day 8: Child and Pet Safety
"Children and pets are both curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles or fires in fireplaces. Never leave them alone around an open flame."
Day 9: Lithium-ion Batteries
"Batteries and devices should be kept at room temperature and out of direct sunlight to prevent them from overheating."
Day 10: Winter Travel
"Give yourself extra time to reach your destination or stay home in bad travel conditions."
Day 11: Kitchen Fires
"If grease in a pot or pan catches fire, smother the flames by covering the pan with a lid, then turn off the heat. "
Day 12: Lit Candles
"Extinguish all lit candles when you leave the room, when you go to sleep or when the candle flame is within five centimetres of the holder’s edge or decorative material."
A safe Christmas is a Merry Christmas.