With all the demands on our time – work, family, and countless appointments – doing a household fire safety check may not always be top of mind. But when you think about it, few things are more important. October 4 – 10 is Fire Prevention Week in Canada. So, now, while it is on your mind, set aside some time to do a thorough safety check. It could be the most important appointment you keep this year. Here’s a basic checklist:
- Install fire detectors on every floor – and especially near bedrooms. Check at least once a month and replace batteries regularly.
- Keep electrical cords away from water and heat sources and do not lay under carpeting or mats.
- Never overload electrical outlets or avoid using extension cords in place of additional outlets.
- Always keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children and minors – and never leave a candle unattended.
- Check plugs and cords on everything from the toaster to the TV – and replace any that are frayed or worn.
- Never leave the dryer on when you leave the house, and empty the filter before each use.
- Ensure your furnace and flue is professionally inspected regularly and keep your wood-burning stove free of creosote build-up.
- Store all combustible materials in approved containers, as far as possible from the furnace.
- Never leave a pot on the stove or a cooker unattended. It is one of the most common causes of fire. Wear close fitting or short sleeves when cooking and keep a lid close by to put out a cooking pot fire.
- Keep workshop areas free of debris, oily rags and wood shavings.
- Have a household evacuation plan and practice your escape route. Identify two escape routes from every room, have a pre-arranged meeting place – and ensure everyone knows never go back into a burning building.
So get fired up about fire safety – and make regular safety checks a habit. And talk to your Steers Representative today. Together, we’ll take the time to make sure you’re well-protected. Because nothing is more important than your family’s safety.