DaleDyer.comFire is one of the great tragedy that could occur in your life and yet it is most often so preventable. The Fire Prevention Canada, a non-profit organization states that on average eight Canadians die from fire every week despite the fact that fewer losses are reported in Canada. Here’s a list of key fire safety tips to help you protect your home and your family from such tragedy.

Smoke Detector and Fire Extinguisher: These are your first line of defense so make sure that the batteries in the smoke detectors are working. Use the “Fall Back” week-end as a reminder to change the batteries. And then again in the Spring when the clocks move forward. Be sure to plan a fire escape with the entire family especially if you have young children and practice it often. You will be prepared to react in case of a real emergency. Even though the fire prevention week was last week, make the month of October a time to plan and consider where you might be at risk. The theme of this year’s fire prevention week was: HAVE TWO WAYS OUT ©, which is a great plan of action for every family. Purchasing a small fire extinguisher and keeping it handy in the kitchen or where easily accessible is another way to protect yourself. Make sure everyone knows how to use it. The smartest and wisest gift you could give someone whether as a wedding gift, a Christmas gift or when someone purchases a new home is a smoke detector and fire extinguisher. It could save their lives.

In the Kitchen
: This is the No. 1 place that most fire begin so be pro-active. Don’t leave cooking appliances unattended and be extremely cautious when using cooking oil. If you’re cooking something  for a longer time in the oven or simmering a dish on the stove set the timer at 15 minutes interval so that if you get distracted by a child or phone call  it will remind you that something is cooking. Keep oven mitts or dish towels away from the hot stove or toaster until needed.  Be careful when cooking and wearing long sleeve tops. Cooking at medium to lower heat will be better for your cookware and your stove which will reduce the spills and splatter and help to prevent burns.

Smokers: If there are smokers in your homes you need to be extra-vigilant. Careless smoking is another leading cause of home fire deaths. Do not put cigarettes or ashes in a garbage pails. Keep matches and lighters away from children. Never smoke in bed or when tired as your chances of falling asleep are the most common occurrence of fire.  People under the influence of medication, alcohol or drugs are another cause in fire tragedies.

Candles: More and more popular, candles have made their way into homes as decorative and useful items to refresh the scent a home but you need to know how to use these safely. Always extinguish candles if  you are leaving a room even if they are in a jar. The jar could get hot and break and leak unto a flammable material. Candles are not tested by any government agencies for safety before they are put on the market. Be careful with candles.

Electrical and Combustibles: Do not use unsafe electrical appliances, frayed extension cords, overloaded outlets or  extension cords for permanent wiring. Remove combustibles such as propane from living areas and store in recommended and approved containers.

Myths: Don’t fall prey to fire myths such as “fire will not happen to me”. Everyone can be placed in a high danger zone sometimes even unknowingly. Another myth about fire and you’ve probably heard this one is that “Pet can sense danger and alert us”. Pets are very vulnerable as smoke can damage their lungs and sparks can cause painful burns that can remain undetected under the fur. There are many other fire myths out there. Get to know the truth about fire prevention. It could save your life and that of your loved ones.

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