Town Notices

Fires

Anyone caught lighting unsanctioned fires in the Town of Kippens will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Winter and Holiday Fire Safety Tips

General Tips

1.Ensure local emergency numbers are known and posted in the home to facilitate quick notification of responders in the event of an emergency (fire, police, ambulance). 2.Inspect all heating equipment annually and clean, repair and replace as necessary. 3.Test smoke alarms regularly. 4.Install a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area. 5.Be attentive when cooking. Ensure stovetops are free of flammable materials and keep a fire extinguisher close at hand.

Christmas tree

1.Choose a real tree that is freshly cut. It will stay green longer and be less of a fire hazard. 2.Place a real tree in a stand that will hold two to three litres of water and top it up daily. Use a tree stand that has widespread legs for better balance. 3.Keep all trees away from heat sources such as a radiator, television, fireplace, heating duct or sunny window. It should not block doors or windows. 4.Never use lighted candles on any Christmas tree. 5.Remove a real tree within 10 to 14 days.

Candles Candles are a leading cause of residential fires in Canada. It is recommended that residents never use open flame candles, but if you do:

1.Never leave burning candles unattended. 2.Only use candles with adult supervision. 3.Put candles in sturdy holders on a stable surface, well away from children and pets, as well as drafts, curtains or other combustibles. 4.Extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to sleep.

Lights

1.Use tested and certified light strings/sets. 2.Use the proper lights for the environment. Indoor light sets should not be used outdoors because they lack weatherproof connections. Some outdoor light sets burn too hot indoors. 3.Inspect light strings/set before use. Check for cracked bulbs and for frayed, broken or exposed wires. Discard if faulty. 4.Do not use electric light strings/sets on metallic trees, as it may pose an electrocution hazard. 5.Turn off all tree and display lights before going to bed or leaving the house.

Decorations

1.Choose decorations that are flame-retardant, non-combustible and non-conductive. 2.Avoid using angel hair (glass wool) together with spray-on snowflakes. This combination is highly combustible. 3.Do not use metallic ornaments on the tree. If they make contact with defective wiring they could become a shock hazard. 4.If there are young children or pets in the home, avoid very small decorations.

Space Heaters

1.Maintain a one metre separation between combustible items such as paper, furniture and curtains. 2.When buying a new space heater, make sure it carries the mark of an independent testing laboratory for use in Canada, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA). 3.Turn off space heaters when the room is unoccupied or under circumstances when manufacturer’s instructions say they should be turned off. 4.Portable space heaters are easy to knock over in the dark and should be turned off while sleeping.

Fuel-Based and Electric Heating

1.In a fireplace or wood stove, use only dry, seasoned wood to avoid the build-up of creosote deposits that easily catch fire and account for most chimney fires and the largest share of home heating fires generally. Use only paper or kindling wood, not a flammable liquid, to start the fire. While their use is safe in fireplaces, do not use artificial logs in wood stoves. 2.Ensure a fireplace has a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room. Allow fireplace and woodstove ashes to cool before disposing in a metal container, which is kept a safe distance from the home. 3.Ensure fuel-burning equipment such as stoves or fireplaces are vented to the outside, that the venting is kept clear and unobstructed, and that the exit point is properly sealed around the vent, all of which is to make sure deadly carbon monoxide does not build up in the home.

Tips on conserving water

1.Make sure the dishwasher has a full load before you turn it on. 2.Repair all leaking taps and flush tanks. 3.Use water pressure regulator to reduce the water pressure in your house, try turning water pressure down to 40 PSI 4.Install an efficient water saver in the shower. 5.Put only the amount of water you are going to use in the kettle. 6.Place a jug of water in the fridge to cool rather than running the water tap until the water turns cold. 7.Refrain from washing down the roadway or your driveway. 8.Please do not waste water trying to melt the snow. 9.Minimize water in the bath tub. 10.Please do not leave the water running during the night as this is wasting a lot of water.

Snow Clearning

The Town of Kippens wish to notify vehicle owners, that during the period from the (1st) day of December in each year to the thirtieth (30th) day of April in any succeeding year that in accordance with the Highways Traffic Act and Town of Kippens Snow Clearing Regulations, the R.C.M.P will be ticketing vehicles that hinder or impedes the ploughing of/or removal of snow and ice from road/street within the Town of Kippens, between the house of 1a.m - 7a.m.

At any time during a snow storm and for the twelve (12) hours thereafter no person shall park an unattended vehicle on any street reservation within the town.

Any unattended vehicle parked on any street reservation within the town in contravention of the Regulations maybe removed and impounded by the council and the cost of such removal and impounding maybe recovered from the owners as a civil debt.

No person shall shovel, plough or cause to be shoveled or ploughed any residue snow from a driveway/parking lot or adjourning property unto any town road or highway within the Municipal Boundaries of the Town of Kippens.

Any person who violates any of these Provisions shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500.00) or in default of payment of such penalty to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ninety (90) days.

The cooperation of all vehicle owners is appreciated, vehicles parked on the side of road, snow pushed out onto the road really hinders the snow clearing equipment operator's efforts to clear the roads. Please keep you vehicles off the roads as per town Regulations and please do not push snow out onto the road. Putting snow in the road is a safety hazard to the equipment operator and causes unnecessary damage to the town's equipment. Remember yours taxes will have to pay for the equipment repairs caused when the Operator tries to clear the snow lead on/or to the side of a town road.

Please practice road safety at all times.

Should any person have a request to Council we would appreciate your request to be submitted to the town office at least one week before a council meeting, this will give the Town Clerk / Council time to research should there be any issues pertaining to a request.