Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Preventing Fires While on Winter Vacation

Bison Fire's Guide to Preventing Winter Fires While on Vacation

Winter on the prairies has finally arrived in full swing. With freezing temperatures, excess wind chill, and a thick layer of snow on the ground, you may find yourself dreaming of the perfect winter getaway. Whether you’re a regular snowbird or a first-time all-inclusive investor, you want to make sure that your home is safe and sound during your winter vacation.

Fire safety is especially important while you’re away from your home. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to fully prepare your home, whether you’re gone for a couple of days, or a couple of months. Here are a few easy and simple tricks and tips to keep your home safe from a house fire while you and your loved ones are on your winter vacation:

1.  Make It Looks Like There Is Someone Home

While you’re on vacation, you don’t want your home to look like you’re away.

When your home appears to be vacant, it’s a welcoming invitation for events like arson or other suspicious fires. Try investing in a light timer for a few rooms within your home, or set up a mail delay with your local post office. By making your home look like there’s always someone home, you can successfully deter any suspicious activity.

Upon your departure, leave a spare key with a trusted friend or neighbour so that they can routinely check on your home in your absence.

2. Ensure That All Detectors Are in Top-Notch Shape

Before you leave for your winter getaway, take the time to carefully inspect both your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries, test the alarms, and if you have a home security system that is connected to your fire detection system, make sure that the alarm company knows that you’re away. If needed, try and install detectors on each floor of your home to ensure that neighbours can hear the alarms.

Has it been awhile since your smoke or carbon monoxide detectors have been replaced? If so, make sure that you invest in new technology before your departure. A carbon monoxide detector should be replaced every 7 years, while smoke detectors can last up to 10 years.

3. Don’t Leave Appliances Plugged In

In the same way that turning power bars on and off when you leave the house can help you avoid electrical fires, unplugging your appliances before you jet-set is an important fire safety measure. Appliances that should be unplugged include:

  • Phone and computer chargers
  • Air conditioners
  • Electronic equipment such as televisions and computers
  • Kitchen appliances such as your microwave, oven, or electric kettle

Not only can unplugging your devices and appliances help prevent a damaging and costly house fire, but you can save money on your next electric bill! If you do use power bars, ensure that they’re not overloaded when they are in operation.

At Bison Fire Protection, we want to help you make sure that your home stays safe and sound while you’re soaking up the sun or skiing down the slopes. With innovative fire safety technologies and high-quality fire prevention services, you can trust us for your fire safety equipment needs. Contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. Find us online, or call 866-441-3473 to schedule an appointment today!

Posted by Rob Read at 9:18 AM

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