Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Bison's 12 Days of Fire Safety

 

Are you ready to stay fire safe this holiday season? Take a look at our ‘12 Days of Fire Safety’ list to make sure that your home and loved ones are protected against residential fires:

1. Check Your Smoke Alarms

Having a working smoke alarm on every level of your home, and outside of every bedroom and sleeping area is essential for preventing any loss of life during a fire. Make sure to test your smoke alarms each month and replace the batteries as needed.

2. Inspect Your Lights Before Decorating

Take time to inspect the integrity of the cord and each light. Check to see if the cords and cables are frayed, and make sure that no wires are exposed. Replace any broken or burnt-out lights before putting them up.

3. Keep Your Live Tree Well Watered

If your family has a tradition of using a live tree during the holidays then make sure to take the appropriate measures to keep your tree from becoming a fire hazard. Keep your tree in a stand which includes a water reservoir so that it is always adequately hydrated, since dry, brittle trees can easily catch fire.

4. Practice Your Fire Escape Plan

If your family is hosting out of town guests over the holidays, take time to run through your fire escape plan with them and run a drill together to make sure that your guests and family members are all aware of the safest ways to leave your home, and were to meet up in the event of a fire.

5. Replace Your Wax Candles with Fake Ones

Candles can add a charming ambience and help add to the festive mood of the season, but burning wax candles can lead to dangerous fire hazards.

Instead of burning wax candles and worrying about keeping them out of reach of children, pets, or your guests, visit your local dollar store and pick up some cheap battery-powered candles to replace them. You’ll get to enjoy the same ambience without any of the worry.

6. Be Careful with Extension Cords

Be mindful not to overload your extension cords, and arrange them so that they don’t run underneath any carpets or rugs. Additionally, make sure that they are out of the way and don’t present a tripping hazard.

7. Set Up Space Heaters Safely

If your home depends on space heaters for a little extra warmth, then make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions and set up the heater a safe distance from other objects. If necessary, use a stand and prevent the heater from touching a soft surface like a carpet, which may singe.

8. Ask Smokers to Smoke Outside

Cigarette smoke isn’t just dangerous to inhale secondhand, but cigarette butts and ashtrays can present fire hazards during the holiday season, as ash and ember from the cigarette may get on the carpet or furniture and start a fire.

9. Pay Attention to Your Cooking

Never leave cooking food unattended, and make sure to set timers whenever something is in the oven, on the stove, or in the microwave. If you’re cooking with oil and a fire starts, carefully slide a lid over the pot or pan to smother the flames and turn off the heat.

10. Drink Responsibly

Everyone knows the dangers of drinking and driving, but it’s important to keep an eye for anyone who may be trying to smoke or cook while under the influence of alcohol, since it’s easy to get distracted and leave a pot or lit cigarette unattended.

11. Turn the Lights Off at Night

Leaving your lights on at night may fill your home with a warm glow, but leaving lights on unattended can put your home at risk of a residential fire, so make sure to shut off the lights before you go to bed.

12. Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby 

Inspect your fire extinguisher and make sure that it is fully operational before the festivities begin. Make sure to take the time to show a guest or responsible family member how to use it in the event of an emergency.

Depend on Bison Fire Protection for all your fire safety needs in Winnipeg, Thompson, Kenora, Brandon, and Regina. Contact us for service and solutions today.

Posted by Rob Read at 4:27 PM

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