Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Top Fire Safety Tips for 2017

The new year is always an exciting time. It’s a time for reflection, a time for change, and a great opportunity to review the important steps that homeowners should take in order to keep their homes, loved ones, and possessions safe from fires.

At Bison Fire Protection one of our goals is to keep you informed about the most important news relating to fire protection and safety, and we’ve put together a list of our top 10 fire safety tips for 2017, which you can read below:

1. Regularly Check Your Smoke Alarms

Your smoke alarms are your first line of defence against a fire, and are essential to alerting you that there is excess smoke in your home. 

Smoke alarms should be tested once a month, at least. We recommend scheduling your checkup for a specific day each month, such as the first Sunday, in order to make sure that it doesn’t get skipped or forgotten.

During this time make sure to thoroughly test every smoke alarm in your home by pressing the test button and making sure that the alarm beeps. If it doesn’t, then the batteries need to be replaced as soon as possible.

2. Have a Fire Action Plan

Determine the fastest and safest way to exit your home in the event of a fire, and make sure that all family members are aware of the appropriate exits in an emergency. Practice your escape plan often and make sure that small children understand the need to get outside as quickly as possible.

Once you’ve determined your fire action plan, keep a map of your home with the route drawn in on the wall, fridge, or somewhere else where it can be seen and reviewed regularly.

3. Be Careful When Burning Candles

Burning candles is a great way to add pleasant scents and soft lighting to any room in your home, but it’s important to take the following steps in order to burn them safely:

  • Use a candleholder to surround and encase your candles
  • Keep burning candles out of the reach of children or pets
  • Never burn candles near drapes or curtains
  • Never leave burning candles unattended

4  Never Smoke in Bed

Smoking is on the decline, but many people still enjoy a cigarette before bed without realizing that they are playing with deadly consequences: if you fall asleep before your cigarette has been put out, the ash and heat from the cigarette may engulf your bed in flames and result in a house fire.

With this in mind we strongly advise that you never smoke in bed.

5. Be Careful in the Kitchen

Kitchen fires are among the most common types of house fires, and are usually caused by grease fires which occur when grease, which is extremely flammable, gets too hot.

Never leave food unattended while cooking, especially on the stovetop, and make sure to keep a working fire extinguisher nearby in case of any unexpected fires.

Work with professionals who are dedicated to keeping you safe. Contact Bison Fire Protection at 204-237-3473 today.

Posted by Rob Read at 8:50 AM

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