The Lloydminster Fire Department is preaching fire safety in the run-up to Christmas.
The department says that many fire hazards exist in homes, but Fire Chief Jordan Newton says one of the most important ones to keep an eye on is cooking.
“Just remember the basics,” Newton said. “Any time you’re cooking, you have to remember to remain in the kitchen, and just keep an eye, especially if you’re cooking with oils or anything at high temperatures, because it’s very easy to get distracted around the Christmas season.”
Newton also says that residents should keep a few things in mind about decorations.
“Christmas trees can be a big problem, especially if you use real trees,” Newton said. “You always have to remember to water them daily, and just make sure that they’re always moist. As well, if you are putting Christmas lights up or on your tree, just to check the wires and make sure that if they’re frayed, that you throw them away, and if you’re using extension cords, you always have to remember that they’re mainly used for temporary [purposes]. So just inspect them, make sure there [are] no cuts in the insulation, as well as not to run them underneath carpets or rugs, anywhere they can get damaged in high traffic areas.”
Newton also says that if anyone decides to have an open fire in their fireplace, to make sure they have a working carbon monoxide detector, and to crack a window.