Fire Prevention Week

Posted: October 8, 2014 in General Information
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Running from October 5th to the 11th this year’s theme is “”Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month”.

Home fires account for 30% of all fires and 73% of all fire-related deaths in Canada. While many of these tragedies could have been avoided, communities and fire services across the province, as well as the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, will be hosting a number of events to help raise awareness and keep people safe. Functioning smoke alarms can increase chances of surviving a fire by up to 50 per cent and Ontario requires a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas. Over the last five years, in 35 per cent of fatal home fires, there was no smoke alarm warning. In 13 per cent of those, there were no smoke alarms present. Precious seconds are all you have in case of fire and every second counts. Getting advance warning from a smoke alarm could save your life and that of your family. Be prepared.

We would like to share the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) list of the 10 top tips for preventing fires and saving lives.

  1. Install and regularly check smoke detectors
    • Remove dust, check batteries when the clocks change in the spring and fall, test regularly and replace at least every 10 years
  2. Create an emergency preparedness plan for your family
    • Develop a fire evacuation plan, practice executing it and stick to the plan in an emergency
  3. Frequently inspect and clean chimney flues
    • Ensure there is no blockage or buildup that could cause a fire
  4. Install proper light bulbs
    • Never use light bulbs with a higher wattage than the maximum indicated on the fixture
  5. Monitor heated appliances and decor
    • Properly use and watch portable heaters, ensure lint is removed from the dryer, never leave an iron unattended and keep an eye on burning candles
  6. Be careful when cooking
    • Use your kitchen safely, especially when deep-frying or cooking with flammable oils
  7. Properly store flammable materials
    • Keep gasoline, solvents, waste and other materials that could ignite at a distance of at least 10 meters from your home
  8. Remove dry leaves and debris
    • Keep leaves, other dry materials and potentially flammable garbage away from the exterior of your house, especially if you have wood or vinyl siding
  9. Prepare and update a home inventory
    • Make a list of what you own, including the value of each item; take photos or make a video of your belongings; and update the list regularly
  10. Assemble a disaster safety kit
    • Prepare a basic kit of food, water and other necessities that will last at least 72 hours in an emergency

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