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December 17, 2014

Animal Services Officers spread holiday cheer

Released: 9:31 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Starting on December 18, 2014, City of Winnipeg Animal Services Officers will be visiting City parks to talk to Winnipeggers about responsible pet ownership. Animal Services Officers will be handing out both treats and educational materials.

“It’s important that all pet owners know about the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law, and our officers are excited to get out there and talk to people,” says Leland Gordon, Chief Operating Officer of the Animal Services Agency. “The officers will be heading to a number of different on and off-leash parks over holidays with pet treats in hand.”

The public is also encouraged to approach Animal Services Officers in City parks to talk about responsible pet ownership. Officers will give away additional cat treats to anyone who mentions “Whiskerpeg.”

For more information on City of Winnipeg parks, please visit City of Winnipeg - Park Locations. Information on the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law is available at City of Winnipeg - Animal Services.

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Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service gets its Santa on

WFPS donates gifts for seniors through the Be a Santa to a Senior program

Released: 11:14 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) gave Kris Kringle a helping hand this year by participating in A & O: Support Services for Older Adults. Be a Santa to a Senior initiative. A & O identified older adults in our community who may not receive gifts during the holiday season, then coordinated with community volunteers, including the WFPS, to help purchase gifts.

This year, volunteers from the WFPS came together to donate 100 gifts to deserving seniors in our community.

“The Be a Santa to a Senior program is an amazing way for the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Communications Branch to connect with the community that we serve,” said Gina Silva, Communications Operator for the WFPS. “We hope we made the holiday season even brighter for a few special Winnipeg seniors.”

Through the Be a Santa to a Senior program, seniors write a gift request on a tree ornament. Volunteers then receive the ornament with gift request, select a gift, wrap it, and return the gift and ornament to A & O. A & O then delivers the wrapped gift to the senior. Last year, A & O’s community partners, including the WFPS, contributed more than 1,400 gifts to the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service #FireFreeHoliday Series

Tip #2: Candle safety

Released: 12:56 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Holiday spirit is high this time of year, but so can be the risk of home fires. In our #FireFreeHoliday series, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service would like share some helpful tips to help you minimize the risk of a fire in your home and make your holiday season enjoyable and safe.


Candles can be great for adding a festive feel to your home, but don’t forget to practice safe handling techniques when using them. Some tips for using candles cautiously are:

  • Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Use approved non-combustible candleholders or bases, and place candleholders on a firm, non-slip surface.
  • Avoid putting lit candles in a drafty area to prevent uneven burning and wax dripping.
  • Extinguish a candle when it burns down to within two inches of its holder or base.
  • Keep candles away from any flammable materials, including Christmas trees, decorations, curtains, or other combustible material like bedding or cushions.
  • Keep candles, matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Store candles in a cool, dark, dry place, and store candles flat to avoid warping.
  • Refrigerating candles before burning makes them burn more slowly and evenly. Wrap candles in foil or plastic to prevent the wick from absorbing moisture.
  • Keep wicks trimmed to half an inch and remove excess wax before storage. Long, crooked wicks can cause uneven burning and wax drippings.
Last update: December 17, 2014