Education & Awareness
Miramichi Fire is dedicated to community risk reduction by continuously educating residents with information to help keep them safe!
Hazards & Emergencies
Click on the topic below for information on how you and your family can prepare yourselves for an emergency or disaster. We encourage you to visit getprepared.gc.ca for more helpful tips to add to your emergency preparations.
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Spring Fire Safety Tips
Melted snow, budding trees, longer days, these seasonal hallmarks are reminders to start spring cleaning in and around our homes. It may not sound like a whole lot of fun but the act of cleaning can have therapeutic benefits while also helping you keep your home healthy and enhance fire and personal safety.
March is “Change your Clocks/Change your Batteries“
Smoke alarms – When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly, however they don’t last forever. If your smoke alarms are 10 years old, replace them with new smoke alarms. Download a safety tip sheet
Change battery and clean unit – You should replace the battery in each smoke detector at least once a year. When you change your battery, take to clean the unit. Use the soft brush cleaning attachment that is part of most vacuum cleaners.
Carbon monoxide alarms an odorless, colourless gas created when fuels like gasoline, wood, propane burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed in a central location outside
each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Download a safety tip sheet
Home Escape Plan ….Plan Ahead! If a fire breaks out in your home, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire. Download a safety tip sheet.
Apartment Fire Safety begins with a plan. If you live in an apartment you need to know how to get out quickly if a fire starts. Download a safety tip sheet.
Close Before You Doze … About half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 pm and 7 am, when most people are asleep. Closing your bedroom door is important for your safety. A closed door can reduce fire growth, limit damage to your home, keep temperatures down, and can even save your life if you become trapped. Click HERE for a “Close Before You Doze” fact sheet or visit closeyourdoor.org
Medical Oxygen and Fire The use of portable medical oxygen in the home adds a higher percentage of oxygen to the air. A fire will burn hotter and faster in an oxygen-enriched area. Homes where medical oxygen is used need specific fire safety rules to keep people safe from fire and burns. Download a safety tip sheet. When storing medical oxygen, make sure all oxygen cylinders that are not in use have their valves fully closed in well vented areas. Storage in non-vented small spaces such as a closet, where oxygen can accumulate, can pose a hazard.
Lithium-Ion batteries are commonly used in cell phones, laptops, tablets, electric cars, and e-scooters. Lithium-ion batteries store a large amount of energy and can pose a threat if not treated properly. If not used correctly, or if damaged, these batteries can catch on fire or explode Download a safety tip sheet.
April is “Spring Clean for Fire Safety“
Spring Cleaning Fire Safety in the Home Spring cleaning season is a time when the risk of in home accidents and injuries is heightened. It’s also a time when many fire and safety hazards in the home get overlooked. As you decide which home cleaning projects to tackle in what order, click HERE to add fire safety to the checklist.
Displaying Your House Number … Not all emergencies can be seen from the street, but civic numbers can be. Ensure your house number is clearly displayed so emergency responders can find you quickly. Click Where and how should I display my civic number? for guidelines to displaying a civic number.
Prevent Clothes Dryer Fires … A leading cause of dryer fires in the home is the lack of dryer maintenance. While it may be hard to believe, dryer fires are a fairly common cause of home fires. Clean your lint filter before or after each use, ensure there is adequate air flow around your dryer and don’t leave the dryer operating when your not home. Download a safety tip sheet
Home Fire Extinguishers Using a portable fire extinguisher to help control small fires is a valuable component of fire safety in your home. Click HERE to become more comfortable and prepared to use one to help stop small fires from spreading or contain it until firefighters have arrived on the scene. Learn more about home fire extinguisher maintenance and inspection Download a safety tip sheet
Car and Recreational Vehicle Fire Safety
Wildfire Preparedness is about increasing our community resiliency to wildfires. The changing climate, higher temperatures and drought conditions are all leading causes of aggressive fire behaviour and longer wildfire seasons. It’s not a matter of if, but when. We can make a difference by making simple low-cost changes to our homes and landscape. Download a safety tip sheet.
May is “Fire Safety and the Great Outdoors“
Summer Fire Safety Tips
June is “Gearing up for Summer Fire Safety“
July is “Youth Fire Safety“
February is “Burn Awareness & Prevention“
Preventing Scalds & Burns Most burns associated with cooking are caused by contact with a hot object or liquid rather than by fire or flame. A scald injury can happen at any age. Children, older adults and people with disabilities are especially at risk. Hot liquids from bath water, hot coffee and even microwaved soup can cause devastating injuries. Scald burns are the
second leading cause of all burn injuries. Download a safety tip sheet
Fire Safety for Children The smell of cookies in the oven or tasty sauces simmering on the stovetop is hard to resist for adults and kids alike. Click the Download a safety tip sheet for few simple steps to keep your little ones from potential burns, whether in the kitchen, around a fireplace or in any other part of your home.
Pet Fire Safety Pets give us comfort, friendship, and unconditional love. Our connection to them can be among the strongest relationships in our lives. But pets can cause fires. There are safety measures you can implement to help prevent a pet from starting a fire in the first place. Click the Download a safety tip sheet for steps you can take to help protect your family and your pets.
No Ice Is Safe Ice! Conditions on all ice can change in an instant. Heed warning messages and stay off frozen waterways if possible. Many factors affect ice thickness including the type of water, location, and time of year. Other environmental factors also affect ice thickness such as the size and depth of the body of water; moving water (i.e. currents, drainage, runoff); snow cover; chemicals including salt; fluctuations in water levels; logs, rocks and docks absorbing heat from the sun; changing air temperature and shock waves from vehicles travelling on the ice. Download a safety tip sheet