Canadians are ignoring potential fire hazards at home

Posted: March 6, 2010 in 1
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(NC)—Have you created a spring cleaning “to do” list this year to improve the comfort and safety of your home? Which items are the top of your list? And how does your own list compare to that of most other Canadians?

A new Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of Duracell certainly offers both a revealing glimpse into how Canadians are approaching this year’s annual spring cleanup and where there is definitely room for improvement in setting their priorities.

Topping the list of spring-cleaning tasks that Canadians say they are tackling at this time of year is ‘sorting through seasonal clothing and donating unwanted items,’ which was cited by 72% of respondents in the Ipsos Reid poll.

More than half of the poll respondents (55%) also said that this year they will be preparing the garden or yard for spring planting, while about half also noted that they will be washing garden or patio furniture (48%) and getting a fresh start in the kitchen by cleaning out expired food or condiments from refrigerators or freezers (46%).

Cleaning draperies, curtains or blinds to wash them was on the list for 44% of Canadians polled, with an equal number saying they will also be organizing their home garage or storage shed.

Surprisingly, however, some tasks that can contribute to home safety at this time of year and beyond appeared to be a low priority for those participating in the survey. In fact, among spring-cleaning chores performed by many Canadians, the two that most directly impact home fire safety received the lowest response in the survey.

About one in four (26%) Canadians polled said they will be removing potential fire hazards from their home such as unused paints or solvents as well as unused fire wood. And just over one in three (37%) said they will replace smoke alarm batteries in their home as part of their annual spring cleaning campaign.

“It is great to see Canadians taking the initiative this year to get spring cleaning done but our advice is to also consider home safety as a top priority during the work being done in homes across the country,” said Victoria Maybee, external relations manager for Duracell Canada. “To maximize home fire safety, we recommended that home smoke alarm batteries be changed at least once a year, and the spring clean-up is a perfect time to make sure this important task is completed.”

More information on making homes more fire safe can be found online at www.duracellfiresafety.com.
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