Home fires account for 30% of all fires in Canada and 73% of all fire related deaths. By taking a few moments to help prevent home fires, you could save a life.
- Install and regularly check smoke detectors: Remove dust and check batteries, testing regularly.
- Create an emergency preparedness plan for your family: Develop a fire evacuation plan, practice it and ensure you stick to it in an emergency.
- Frequently inspect and clean chimney flues: Ensure there is no blockage or buildup that could cause a fire
- Install proper light bulbs: Never use light bulbs with a higher wattage than the maximum indicated on the fixture.
- 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.
- Be careful when cooking: Use your kitchen safely, especially when deep frying or cooking with flammable oils.
- 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.
- Remove dry leaves and debris: Keep leaves, other dry materials and potentially flammable garbage away from the exterior of your house.
- Prepare and updated 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.
- 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.
If you follow these simple steps you can protect your family and reduce the chances of a fire damaging your home or property.