About FIRE Safety!
According to Fire Prevention Canada, statistics show that, on average, fire kills eight people each week in Canada, with residential fires accounting for 73% of these fatalities.
Most of us are already in the habit of regularly changing the batteries in our home's smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. If you're not, Daylight Saving Time – which starts March 9 for most of Canada – is a great time to do it. And while you're at it, keep in mind these other fire safety tips.
- If there is a fire in your home, do you know what to do? Create an evacuation plan, go over it with your family and test it out – practice makes perfect – and might save a life.
- In case of fire, get out and stay out! Call for help from a neighbour's phone.
- Cooking related accidents are the number one cause of home fires in Canada. Never leave cooking appliances unattended.
- Check to see that your fire extinguishers are in accessible places, and in good working order.
- Keep matches and lighters out of sight and reach of children. Every year in Canada, kids playing with matches and lighters start approximately 1,300 fires. Educate children about fire safety.
- Having fire sprinklers in your home is like having firefighters guarding your home.
- Always use a fire screen on your fireplace.
- Do not overload electrical outlets.
- Never leave candles unattended.
- Clean the lint filter in your dryer after each use to prevent a dryer fire.
- If you smoke, do it outdoors.
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