Strathcona County's fire department held a demonstration to make sure families celebrate the holidays safely.
This was the first year they put on a presentation for holiday fire safety tips, which was held at Strathcona County Fire Station 6 in Sherwood Park on December 13.
“We want to make sure families are able to celebrate the holiday season safely and that starts with knowing what the potential hazards are and taking simple steps to prevent them from happening,” said Strathcona County Fire marshal, Rod Kuhn.
They discussed cooking safety, home escape plans, smoke alarms, Christmas tree safety, Christmas lights and candle safety.
“One of the leading causes of fires that we’ve noticed in Strathcona County, as well as provincially is that cooking continues to be one of the largest fire starters of home fires,” said Kuhn.
With cooking more prevalent over the holidays, he urged people to stay in the kitchen and monitor what you are cooking.
One safety tip is when cooking with oil, use a deep fat fryer rather than a pot and pan.
Kuhn said if a fire starts (and it's safe to do so) put a lid over top of the pan or use a fire extinguisher. However, if you can’t fit a lid over the fire, you should probably leave it and get yourself and your family safely out of the home and call for help.
“If it is an oil based fire do not try to put water on it (to extinguish it), it will actually make the fire worse,” he stated.
Kuhn also reminded families to have a home escape plan and practice it and also check smoke alarms to make sure they are operating correctly.

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