Prevention's best fire protectionOctober 15th 2012
Fire Prevention Week will be observed from Sunday, October 7th through to Saturday, October 13th. Be sure to use this week to better prepare yourself and family to prevent a fire, or deal with one if it occurs.
Smoke Alarms can save your life! Smoke alarms are inexpensive and easy to install.
• Have a friend or relative test your smoke alarm while you are asleep to ensure you can hear it.
• Once a month, test the battery by pushing the test button and drift smoke from a snuffed-out candle into the alarm.
• To clean the smoke alarm, open the cover and gently vacuum the unit with a soft brush attachment.
• Replace smoke alarms if they are more than 10 years old.
• LOCATE alarms on each level of your home, and especially on the hallway ceiling near the sleeping areas. Don’t place them too close to cooking areas, in the garage or near vents.
• MAINTAIN - Once a year, change the battery.
Fire extinguishers, though not designed to fight full-scale fires, are excellent for putting out small fires that have just started. Everyone in the house except for the smallest children should know how to use them.
• LOCATE extinguishers on each level of your home. Keep one in the kitchen, not too close to the stove. Don’t forget the garage, workshop, basement, camper and vacation home.
• MAINTAIN extinguishers by checking them monthly to be sure each unit is holding its charge.
Fire Escape Planning saves lives:
• Develop and practice a fire escape plan. Be sure to include all hallways and stairs.
• Know: (1) two ways out of every room (2) how to escape from all levels of your home.
• Ensure all doors and windows can be unlocked or opened.
LEARN HOW TO PREVENT FIRES
By planning and practicing your home fire escape plan, you can protect yourself and your family from a home fire. But the best protection is prevention. Learn how to prevent a fire in your home by contacting your local fire department for more safety information.
• Check kettles and toasters for damaged electrical cords and thermostats.
• Use appliances that have an automatic shut-off.
• Use a temperature-controlled electric skillet or deep-fryer for frying.
• Never leave your cooking unattended.
• Keep a pot cover nearby to "put a lid on it" in the event of a fire.
• Fireplace: always use a fire screen, ensuring it is the appropriate size for the fireplace opening.
• Do not overload electrical outlets or use extension cords in the place of additional outlets.
• Keep matches, lighters and lit candles out of the reach of children.
• Never leave lit candles unattended.
• Install at least one smoke alarm outside each sleeping area. For improved safety, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom.
• Check electrical appliances regularly: electric blankets, heating pads, curling irons, radios, televisions, irons.
Basement and Attic
• Remove all combustible and flammable materials from the basement and attic.
• Store gasoline in well-ventilated areas.
• Do not store propane indoors.
• Use only approved containers to store and transport gasoline.
• Have a thorough yearly maintenance check of the furnace carried out by a professional.
• Chimneys should be cleaned at least once a year.
Fire Prevention Canada (FIPRECAN) is the national voice of fire prevention and education in Canada. Please take a few minutes to visit their website at www.fiprecan.ca for valuable information that may save your life, and the lives of your loved ones.