Wednesday, January 03, 2018

9 Ways to Start 2018 With Fire Safety in Mind

Bison Fire's 9 ways to start 2018 safely

Lately in the news, we’ve seen terrifying images from the destructive wildfires moving rapidly throughout California. In turn, fire prevention and safety is being discussed more actively than it has in many years.

Although some fires are the results of natural occurrences, it’s up to individuals to put fire safety at the forefront of their minds and consider their personal fire preparedness in their home and workplace.

As we move into the New Year, give your fire safety and prevention knowledge a fresh start and take care of the following fire safety to-do’s as a part of your New Year’s resolutions:

1.  Check Your Fire Extinguishers

First off, check the status of the fire extinguishers in your home or place of business. If their dates are expired or will expire in the upcoming year, get in touch with your local fire safety equipment professionals. They’ll help you find the appropriate fire extinguishers or suppression systems that will work best for your specific needs.

2. Check Your Fire Alarms and Smoke Detectors

Although it’s best to check these devices regularly, start the new year by checking the batteries in your smoke detectors and fire alarms. If you’re a building owner or manager, make sure that your fire alarms and smoke detectors meet the municipal requirements of your area.

3. Check Your Escape Routes

When’s the last time you thought to check the accessibility of your fire safety plan escape routes? If you need to exit through a window, check that they’re easy to open. If there are multiple doorways, make sure that they’re all clear of debris and other items that may block them.

4. Verify That Your Carbon Monoxide Alarms Work

Carbon monoxide is an odourless, invisible gas that can cause great harm quite quickly. Make sure that you have a carbon monoxide alarm installed in various rooms in your home or place of business.

5. Make Lint Cleaning a Habit

When the lint filter on your dryer is full, you’re dealing with a huge fire hazard. Put up a note around your laundry area reminding you to clean out the lint filter every time you take out a load of laundry.

6. Make Fire Safety Reminders Easy

Technology and fire safety go hand-in-hand. By setting calendar reminders on your phone or computer to test our alarms, fire suppression systems, and other fire safety precautions, you can stay on top of your fire prevention systems with ease.

7. Check Recent Fire Safety Recalls

To make sure that the fire safety equipment in your home or business is safe for use, regularly check over the most recent fire safety recalls.

8. Have Your Chimney Swept

If you live in a home or building that has a chimney, schedule an appointment with a local chimney service provider. Over time, tar and flammable debris can accumulate in your chimney, creating a fire hazard.

9. Discuss Fire Safety With Your Professional Fire Protection Provider

If you own a commercial or residential building, schedule an appointment with a local fire safety and prevention specialist. These trained professionals have the expertise and skills necessary to help you find the best fire prevention and suppression equipment for your unique needs.

This year, don’t let fire safety move too far down your to-do list. Tackle your fire safety needs head-on in the New Year and set yourself up for safety and success.

Keep your home or business safe and secure this year with the help of our fire safety experts at Bison Fire Protection. With service in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon, you can find us online or call 866-441-3473 to schedule an appointment today.

Posted by Rob Read at 1:06 PM

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