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​DID YOU KNOW?

A monthly feature from MFD's Prevention Officer that highlights safety tips and reminders about common causes of fires and hazards in the home and community.  Did you know?  If not, find out here.

July 2017 - DID YOU KNOW?

Drowning is the second leading cause of injury related death for Canadian children?


Families can enjoy swimming and water play as part of a healthy active lifestyle.

  • Install a four–sided isolation fence, with self–closing and self–latching gates, around backyard swimming pools.
  • Establish pool rules. These can include: swim with a buddy, and always enter the water feet-first.
  • Swimming lessons are a good way for children to gain confidence around water but swimming lessons alone cannot prevent your child from drowning.
  • Adult supervision is of the utmost importance - never leave your child unattended, not even for a second.
  • Pick the best time of the day to swim. Avoid swimming at night and in stormy weather.
  • When on or near the water, lifejackets or PFDs, close by isn't close enough.  Choose to WEAR your lifejacket or PFD.
  • A Canadian approved standard lifejacket, when worn properly, is designed to turn an unconscious person from face down to face up in the water, allowing them to breathe.
  • PFDs are available in many bright colours. The Canadian Coast Guard strongly recommends bright colours for better visibility.
  • A lifejacket or PFD should fit snugly, with all the buckles, zippers and snaps done up, but still allow room to breathe and move around freely.
  • Get trained in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), first aid, water rescue and swimming skills.
  • Babies can drown in as little as 2.5 centimetres (one inch) of water in just a few seconds. It is important to always stay within sight and reach of your child when in the bath tub.

In case you missed one, here's an archive of past "Did You Know" reminders.

JUNE 2017 - Seniors At Greatest Risk of Fire-Related Death

MAY 2017 - Handing, Transporting, and Storing Gasoline

APRIL  2017 - Spring BBQ Tune Up

MARCH 2017 - Cooking Is The #1 Cause of Home Fires

FEBRUARY 2017 - No Ice Is Safe Ice

NOVEMBER 2016 - Carbon Monoxide detectors are mandatory in Ontario

OCTOBER 2016 - Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors Wear Out

SEPTEMBER 2016 - Clothes Dryer Safety

AUGUST 2016 #2 - Dormitory Safety

AUGUST 2016 #1 - Lightning

JULY 2016 - Summer Property CO & Smoke Alarms

JUNE 2016 - BBQ-Grilling Safety

MAY 2016 - ​Portable Generators

APRIL 2016 - Fire Permit Reminder

MARCH 2016 - Change The Clocks Change The Batteries

FEBRUARY 2016 - Fire Permits