Thursday, May 09, 2019

Protecting Your Cabin From Fires This Spring

Spring is just around the corner (we promise!) which means it’s time to start planning your gardens, getting your lawn ready, and making the drive to the cabin to open it up and get it ready for the season.

To help you get ready for a safe, enjoyable season out at the cabin we’ve revamped this post from our 2016 archives. It’s filled with timely, actionable tips to protect your family and investment, and make sure your cabin is protected from fires:

Start by Testing All Your Alarms

The first thing to do when you reopen the cabin for the season is to check your smoke alarms and replace the batteries if they don’t react during testing.

If your cottage has a wood-burning stove or another wood-burning appliance then you’ll also need to test your carbon monoxide detectors according to the manufacturer's instructions.

If you’re installing carbon monoxide detectors for the first time then make sure to install them strategically outside of bedrooms and sleeping areas, and close to any indoor fuel-burning appliances.

Inspect Your Wiring and Hydro Lines

Perform an inspection around the property to make sure that there’s no damage from ice, trees, or from winter storms that may have compromised your hydro lines, and report any damage you find.

It’s also important to check for issues caused by animals and rodents like mice and rats and to call an electrician if you see signs of damage.

Install and Inspect Your Fire Extinguisher

Your fire extinguisher should be in a place that’s close to an exit, easy to find and access in an emergency.

Take time to train all your family members on how to use it, and double check to make sure that the needle is in the “green” area on the extinguisher. Remember: a partially-charged fire extinguisher is as useful as an empty one, so make sure it’s fully charged at the start of each season.

Tidy Up Indoors and Outdoors

Do a little maintenance and clean up any leaves, dried brush, and other buildup around your cabin, making sure your sidewalks, driveways, and paths are all clear of debris.

Check the flues, vents, and chimney if you have one, and book an annual inspection to have an expert look for creosote buildup, cracks, crumbling bricks and obstructions.

Exercise Caution

Make sure to keep firewood away from the cabin and keep items like fiberglass boats, canoes, and other flammable liquids such as gasoline and propane in approved containers a safe distance away from the building as well.

If you have a chimney, use a fireplace screen to keep sparks from escaping as the wood is burning and make sure to burn dry, well-seasoned wood to reduce creosote buildup and get rid of the ashes in a covered container at least 3 feet (one meter) away from flammable materials flammable.

Display Emergency Information

Keep information about your cabin in a place that’s easy to find and access during an emergency, such as:

  • The exact location of your cabin
  • How to get to it from the closest major highway
  • Regional emergency contact information
  • Your contact information

If you live in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, or Regina and are looking to know more about how to protect your building from fire damage, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection by calling 866-441-3473 today to schedule an appointment with a fire safety experts.

Posted by Rob Read at 1:33 PM

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