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Fire in the Home

Fire in the Home

 Fire in the Home

Fire in the Home

With the increased use of heaters, and electric blankets the risk of  fire in the home is often greatest during winter.  Working smoke alarms are an essential line of defense and are vital for early detection of a fire. Every home should have working smoke alarms in place, with at least one smoke alarm installed between the bedrooms and remainder of the home, and on every floor of the home. To ensure they are kept in proper working order, smoke alarms should be tested once a month and batteries replaced when we change our clocks. To help lower the risk of fire in the home, homeowners should run through a simple mental checklist before leaving the house or going to bed. There are also a number of steps that should be taken at the beginning of winter to help minimize risk.

Checklist

  1. Ensure heaters are placed a minimum of one yard away from anything that could potentially burn. Be sure to switch off at the appliance as unplugging it when not in use.
  2. Check smoke alarms once a month to ensure they are working correctly. Change the batteries every time you change the clock and make sure there is at least one smoke alarm installed between the bedrooms and remainder of the home, and on any other story within the home.
  3. Ensure all heating equipment is clean and in proper working order. Inspect electrical cords and replace if cracked or damaged.
  4. Switch off electrical blankets before going to bed.
  5. Extinguish any candles before going to bed or leaving the room.
  6. When cooking, don’t leave cooking appliances unattended. If you need to leave the room for more than a few minutes, switch off the stove or oven.
  7. If you have a fireplace, use a mesh guard to protect against flying sparks and embers from an open fire. Ensure the fire has been completely smothered before leaving the room or house.