12 Days of Holiday Fire and CO Safety

Tuesday, December 12 to Sunday, December 23

Campaign Information 

To help keep your family safe over the holidays, CJTT FM is teaming up with the Temiskaming Shores Fire Department and the Fire Marshal’s Public Fire Safety Council for the 12 days of Holiday Fire and CO Safety campaign.

Each day, for 12 days leading up to Christmas we’ll be sharing a safety tip and giving you an opportunity to win a daily prize package, approximate retail value of over $65.00, consisting of:

  • 5” battery-operated smoke alarm,
  • Carbon monoxide alarm with a 10-year battery
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm safety brochure

Listen to live CJTT FM for a chance to win a daily prize.
Safety Tips available on the Corporation of the City of Temiskaming Shores Facebook Page.

12 Tips for Holiday Fire and CO Safety

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12 Tips for Holiday Fire and CO Safety

Tip 1 | Tuesday, December 12
Holiday Lights | You don't need to be Clark Griswold to shine bright with lights this holiday! Consider using LED lights and hang with nail-free clips for your outdoor-rated lights. Cut your loss and toss damaged strings – an electrical fire is a sure bet for a lousy holiday.

Tip 2 | Wednesday, December 13
Candles and Decorations | Is that candle too close to the decoration sitting on your table? Fires caused by holiday decorations and open flames from candles are all too common this season. Battery-powered candles are a great alternative but if you must light up, keep candles away from pets and children, put the candle in a sturdy container and always blow out when you leave the room.

Tip 3 | Thursday, December 14
Smoke Alarms | 'Tis the season - literally! Fatal fires are at their highest rate during the holidays. When seconds matter, a working smoke alarm is the gift of time in the event of a fire. An alarm on every Storey, tested monthly, and batteries replaced annually, is probably the best gift you can give your family this season.

Tip 4 | Friday, December 15
Carbon Monoxide Alarms | Unlike gingerbread, it's odorless. Unlike your uncle's ugly Christmas sweater, it's invisible. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a deadly gas that can cause flu-like symptoms. A CO alarm alerts you to a potential CO emergency with four beeps and is the best way to protect your family from The Silent Killer.

Tip 5 | Saturday, December 16
Tree Watering | Falling needles are your tree's way of telling you it's drying out and is a fire waiting to happen. Avoid being a statistic and water your tree daily. Be weary of heat sources near the tree including furnace vents and non-LED lights.

Tip 6 | Sunday, December 17
Extension Cords | Getting wound up in the holiday spirit? Don't “overextend” your outlets! Extension cords are a temporary solution and if more outlets are required, have them installed by a licensed electrician. Fire and electric shock are not on anyone's list this season - avoid overloading a circuit and never run extension cords under a rug.

Tip 7 | Monday, December 18
Kids in the Kitchen | Holiday baking with children this holiday season? Make sure to keep an eye on those little bakers and remember to never leave the oven unattended. Safety first, cookies second! #HolidayFireSafety

Tip 8 | Tuesday, December 19
Home Fire Escape Planning | Santa needs one way out of your home – you need two. Give your family the gift of peace of mind with a home fire escape plan and have two ways out of a burning home to ensure your loved ones are prepared for the worst so you can focus on the best: festive cheer!

Tip 9 | Wednesday, December 20
Cooking | Holidays are stressful enough but when 17% of fires in Ontario are cooking-related, it's important to remember to slow things down in the kitchen. Fires caused by cooking mostly happen when the stove is left unattended so be mindful when cooking and never leave the kitchen while using a stove.

Tip 10 | Thursday, December 21
Heating Sources | Baby, it's cold outside! Staying warm this Winter Solstice means practicing fire safety. Space heaters, wood stoves and fireplaces are all great ideas until an accident happens. Keep at least one metre (3 feet) distance between your heat source and combustibles, like paper and fabrics.

Tip 11 | Friday, December 22
Smoking | Lit cigarettes are Ontario's number one cause of fatal fires. This season, have all smoking done outside using deep, sturdy ashtrays. Never flick your butt – a lit butt might be the difference between a holiday to remember and a holiday you'll never forget.

Tip 12 | Saturday, December 23
Lithium-ion Batteries | Receiving a new lithium-ion toy during the festive period can be exciting but it can also add potential risk to your home. Always monitor the toy or device when it is charging; read the manufacturer's instructions for safe charging & do not exceed the recommended charging time.

 Welcome to the Temiskaming Shores Fire Department web page. Here you will find an abundance of information about our department, our firefighters, our history, and a wealth of information about fire safety and fire prevention.

We invite your comments, suggestions, and requests, and hope you have an enjoyable visit.  

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Contact Fire Services at:
Address | 181 Drive-In Theatre Road, Dymond
Mail | PO Box 2050, Haileybury, Ontario, P0J1K0
Phone | 705-647-8298
Fax | 705-647-8297
Email | Chief Steve Langford

 Fire Services Staff

 Station 1 - Haileybury

District Chief - Kyle Brown

District Deputy Chief - Steve Belanger

Captain - Danny Belanger

Captain - Garett Hunting

Captain - Kevin Hallworth

Captain - Rick Shaver

Firefighter - Bradley Hearn

Firefighter - Chris Lauzon

Firefighter - David Barton

Firefighter - Dean Franks

Firefighter - Gideon Lundholm

Firefighter - Grant Noble

Firefighter - Jocelyn Plante

Firefighter - Lawrence Pye

Firefighter - Leo Geoffroy

Firefighter - Marc Lalonde

Firefighter - Rheal Allard

Firefighter - Shawn Thibodeau

Firefighter - Timothy Goodyear

Recruit Firefighter - Bryan Cooke

Recruit Firefighter - Chris Lachapelle

Recruit Firefighter - Eric Begemann

Recruit Firefighter - Jesee Jones

Recruit Firefighter - Matthew Golcic


 Station 2 - New Liskeard

District Chief - Jamie Sheppard

District Deputy Chief - Rod McNair

Captain - Dave Bowering

Captain - Mark Manners

Captain - Greg Miller

Captain - Sean Goddard

Firefighter - Donald Desjardins

Firefighter - Perry Beaudoin

Firefighter - Debbie St. Louis

Firefighter - Larry Elliott

Firefighter - Wayne Knight

Firefighter - Eric St. Louis

Firefighter - Ryan Eckensviller

Firefighter - Richard Trottier

Firefighter - Jason Boyce

Firefighter - Matthew Del Monte

Firefighter - Dustin Catt

Firefighter - Ian Laferriere

Firefighter - Kevin Utas

Firefighter - Codey Sheppard

Recruit Firefighter - Hayden Fiset

Recruit Firefighter - Spencer Wilson

 Station 3 - Dymond

District Chief - Gaston Beaubien

District Deputy Chief - Michel Laberge

Captain - Donald Drinkill

Captain - Darcy Brazeau

Captain - Ronald Quenneville

Captain - Greg Drinkill

Firefighter - Ian Mackey

Firefighter - Darrell Phaneuf

Firefighter - Damase Plante

Firefighter - Ronald Brazeau

Firefighter - Gilbert Breault

Firefighter - Mario Plante

Firefighter - Gaetan Breault

Firefighter - Eric Plante

Firefighter - Joel Plante

Firefighter - Raymond Brazeau

Firefighter - Jason Eckensviller

Firefighter - Kevin Plant

Firefighter - Brian Teal

Firefighter - Adam Ranger

Firefighter - MJ Hoyle

Firefighter - Denis Gosselin

Full Time - Administrative

Fire Chief - Steve Langford

Fire Prevention Officer - Jocelyn Plante

Fire Extinguishers

In most cases, the best thing to do in a home fire is to get everyone out of the home immediately and call the fire department from outside:
• Make sure working smoke alarms are installed on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas.
• Everyone in the home should practice a home fire escape plan so everyone knows what to do BEFORE a fire occurs.
Many people who decide to purchase a fire extinguisher might not know how or when to use them.
Fire extinguishers should be used only by people who have been trained to use them. People are encouraged to contact their local fire department if they would like fire extinguisher training or have any questions.
The following tips can help people who are thinking about buying a fire extinguisher for their home:
• Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher that has an ABC rating. This type can be used for most types of fires.
• Choose a fire extinguisher that has the logo of an independent, accredited product safety testing agency such as ULC.
• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding where the extinguisher should be placed in the home.
• Inspect the fire extinguisher once a month and have it serviced by a certified technician every year.
• Fire extinguishers should be used only on small, contained fires. Never let the fire get between you and the exit.
To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the acronym PASS:
• Pull the pin.
• Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
• Squeeze the trigger.
• Sweep the extinguisher from side to side until the extinguisher is empty.
• Know when to go. If the fire does not go out after using one fire extinguisher, back out of the area, close the door if possible, and safely get outside and call 9-1-1.
• Remember that many stovetop fires can be safely extinguished without the use of a fire extinguisher. If a pot on the stove starts on fire, slide a lid over the pot to smother the flames and turn off the stove. Leave the pot in place until it has cooled completely.