With the cold snap, our Calgary Fire Department was kept very busy, and there was a narrow escape for residents in our Ward who chose to unfreeze their pipes with an open flame – never do this. Use a heater, or a hair dryer, and call a professional.
This is a reminder to everyone in Calgary that you need to be prepared for any type of weather, and the cold snap or snowstorm we often face here, that we are prepared for them.
The Fire Department asked that we all should ensure that we have a carbon monoxide doctor on every level, and are tested regular. Ensure that you have smoke alarms also, and that you test them regularly. Replace them after 10 years. You should also keep a fire extinguisher. These are not expensive, and come in all sizes. Keep a stash of candles, and emergency supplies in case the power goes out in a snowstorm. Make sure you can stay warm.
They also ask that everyone evaluate their escape plan, if god forbid there is a fire, but we all need to know what to do. There are many tips, and how to’s at www.calgary.ca/fire and I encourage all of you to prepare a emergency plan.