- Like every season, make sure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working, and be sure to test them regularly. Make sure everyone knows when and how to call for help in the event of an emergency, and practice your home escape plan.
- If you choose a natural tree to decorate your home, choose a tree that is fresh, meaning that its needles are green, hard to pull from its branches, and not easily broken. Shake the tree trunk; if many needles fall off, the tree has probably dried out.
- Keep your tree away from all heat sources, such as fireplaces and heat vents. The heat dries out the tree, causing it to be easily ignited by heat, flames, or sparks.
- Keep cigarettes and ashes far away from the tree.
- Do not leave the tree up for longer than two weeks. When the tree becomes dry (losing its needles quickly), discard it promptly.
- Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.
- Always use Canadian Standards Association (CSA) approved holiday lights. Check the bulbs, sockets, wires and plugs on your lights to ensure that nothing is cracked, broken or exposed. Replace any missing bulbs, and be careful not to bypass a fuse.
- Do not overload electric outlets.
- Use only non-flammable or flame-retardant decorations, and make sure to place decorations away from heat vents and fireplaces.
- Consider using a timer to ensure lights go off when you go to sleep, or when you are out.
- Get your furnace inspected once annually to ensure it's running properly.
Do you want to get involved in the budget process? Citizens are invited to participate in the 2017 Budget process. Please contact 311 to register as a delegation for the following meetings, which are scheduled as part of the 2017 Budget approval process:
Monday, November 28, 2016, 9:30 a.m. Standing Policy Committee on Water and Waste, Riverbank Management and the Environment (Regular Meeting)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 9:00 a.m. Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works (Regular Meeting)
Friday, December 2, 2016, 9:30 a.m. Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services and Parks (Regular Meeting)
Monday, December 5, 2016, 9:00 a.m. Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development (Regular Meeting)
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 9:30 a.m. Winnipeg Police Board (Special Meeting)
Thursday, December 8, 2016, 9:00 a.m. Special Executive Policy Committee to hear delegations on Budgets
Friday, December 9, 2016, 9:00 a.m. Special Executive Policy Committee to consider Standing Policy Committee recommendations and table final recommendations
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 9:30 a.m. Special Meeting of Council to pass Budgets
As always, you may also contact my office if you would like to share your views, concerns, and suggestions for the budget.