Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fire Prevention Week Safety Tips

Every October the week between October 9th - 15th is observed in Canada and the United States as National Fire Safety Week.

According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) on average home fires account for 30% of all fires across the country, and account for 73% of all fire-related deaths in Canada. These statistics make Fire Prevention Week an especially important time, as it’s the perfect time to review how prepared you are to handle a fire, and to take any necessary steps to keep your home protected against fires.

Below are our top 10 ways that you can make the most of Fire Prevention Week and stay fire safe:

1. Install smoke detectors and check them regularly

Make sure that you have smoke detectors installed in every area of your home, and that there is one present in every bedroom.

Test your smoke alarms once a month, at least, to make sure that they will alert you to the presence of any smoke or fires in your home. Double-check the batteries and replace them with fresh ones whenever you change your clocks in the spring and fall, and replace your smoke alarms every 10 years, at least.

2. Put Together a Safety Kit

Make sure that a kit with food, water, a thermal blanket, and other necessities is well-stocked and ready to use in the event of an emergency which causes you to evacuate your home.

3. Create a ‘Fire Plan’

Put together a fire evacuation plan and discuss it with your family and loved ones. Regularly practice fire drills and make sure that everyone knows the appropriate exits, and where to meet outside of the home in the event of a fire.

4. Install the Right Light Bulbs

Light bulbs which are a higher wattage than the maximum indicated on the fixture or inside the lamp can easily start fires inside the home, so always be mindful that you are using the correct bulbs for each fixture.

5. Store Your Flammable Materials Correctly

Make sure to keep solvents, gasoline, and other flammable waste at least 10 metres from your home at all times in order to keep them from igniting accidentally.

6. Be Careful When You’re Cooking

Be mindful of the oils you use when cooking, and use your kitchen safely by closely monitoring any deep-fryers or flammable oils you may be using to cook your food.

7. Keep an Eye On Flammable Areas

Clean out the lint drawer in your dryer, never leave candles burning unattended, and use space heater according to their safety directions.

8. Remove Dry Leaves

Rake up any dry leaves on your property and dispose of them safely. If you burn leaves, make sure to check out our post on How to Burn Leaves Safely.

9. Check Your Home Inventory

Take photos of every room in your home and make a detailed list of your possessions and furniture in the event of a fire. That way you can make sure to claim everything that may be damaged.

10. Inspect and Clean Your Chimney Flues

If you have a chimney installed in your home, ensuring that no blockages or build up are present are essential for preventing fires.

Trust in the professionals at Bison Fire Protection to keep you safe this season and call (204) 237-3473 for service.

Posted by Rob Read at 10:20 AM

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