Winter Holiday Fire Safety

Stay Fire Safe This Holiday Season
Posted on 12/18/2023

Festive celebrations are in full season and, to keep everyone safe, the Charlottetown Fire Department has the following tips to stay fire-safe this holiday and winter season:

  • Smoke alarms should be installed on every level and in every sleeping room.
  • All exits and windows should be kept clear and accessible in case of an emergency.
  • Dryer vents should be cleaned out regularly and kept clear of snow and ice.
  • Keep flammable items – including gift wrap and boxes – away from heat sources.
  • Ensure chimneys are checked and cleaned regularly.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Real Christmas trees should be watered daily to ensure they don’t dry out.
  • Choose holiday decorations that are flame-resistant or flame-retardant.
  • Replace string lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.

Residents should ensure their furnaces and heat systems are working properly before the cold weather arrives, and every home and business should have a 72-hour emergency preparedness plan in place. Please visit the Charlottetown Fire Emergency Preparedness website for more details on preparing your emergency preparedness plan.

Fire prevention is a shared responsibility among all members of the community. By following these tips, the public can help reduce the likelihood of fire incidents and protect themselves and their property from fire damage. More helpful winter holiday fire safety tips are available on the National Fire Protection Association’s website.

The Charlottetown Fire Department wishes all City residents a happy and safe holiday season, and welcomes any inquiries or concerns from the public at their non-emergency number (902) 629-4083. For any emergencies, please call 911.