Fire Prevention

5 Fire Prevention Tips

5 Fire Prevention Tips It’s Fire Prevention Week… so it only makes sense that we talk about ways you can prevent Fires and intensive damage from happening. Smoke Alarms This may sound incredibly simple, but smoke detectors are very underrated. Be sure to check smoke alarms regularly and switch the batteries at least once a year. Many investigations involving house fires often reveal that fire alarms could have saved the lives but didn’t because they were disconnected or the batteries were dead or not even in it. Have an alarm on each level of your home, be sure that it is within 10 feet of your bedrooms. Many deaths because of fires happen during the night while people are sleeping. The alarm needs to be on the ceiling or a foot below the top of the wall. Don’t put them near heating or cooling ducts. You can interconnect your alarms so that when one goes off the rest will as well. Fire Safety Checklist Have an escape plan. Rehearse it. Make the bedrooms top priority. Do not stop to grab anything, just…

10 Most Common Causes of House Fires in Canada

10 Most Common Causes of House Fires in Canada Every year there are 24,000 house fires in Canada. Although there are many causes, there are then that are the most common and can easily be prevented. Here’s what you need to know… Cooking Equipment When a pot or pan overheats or when grease splatters, it can take only seconds to catch fire. Stay in the kitchen when you’re cooking. Especially if you’re using oil or high temperatures. Most kitchen fires take place when people get distracted or when they leave their cooking unattended. Keep all flammable items away from heat sources (e.g. oven mitts, dish towels, paper towels, etc.) Heating Equipment Have a qualified technician check our furnace annually and have your chimney cleaned and inspected annually. Keep portable heaters at least one metre away from anything that can burn (that includes curtains, furniture and humans – yes, we mean you). Don’t use heaters to dry shoes or socks. Install a carbon monoxide alarm to alert you to deadly carbon monoxide gas. Careless Smoking…

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