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 is Fire Prevention Month 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.