Fire Safety Tips for Peace of Mind (Blog 1 of 3)

Fire Prevention Week is October 4 – 10, 2015, with the Oakville kickoff scheduled for Saturday, September 26th.  (more info at:

The theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Hear the Beep where you Sleep; Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm”. Sparky knows…

This is the first blog of 3 dedicated to the 3 P’s of fire safety… Prevention, Planning, and Practice. I’d like to dedicate this blog to local fire departments for the great work they do every day, not only at the scene of an incident, but also in actively promoting fire safety.

Our ability to get out in an emergency situation depends on advance warning and planning. Here are some guidelines to ensure you and your family’s safety around the home.

1. Prevention

More than half of all fatal home fires happen at night while people are asleep. With smoke alarms, your risk of dying in a home fire is cut nearly in half.

  • Install smoke alarms outside every sleeping area and in every bedroom; also install smoke alarms on all other levels of your home, including the basement.
  • Check your smoke alarms monthly to make sure they're working, and remember to change the batteries every six months. Vacuum smoke alarms at least once every six months too. Replace smoke alarms as specified by the manufacturer.

While on the subject of alarms, be aware that many Canadians die and hundreds are hospitalized every year from carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Install carbon monoxide alarms with your smoke alarms, on each level of your home.
  • Test your carbon monoxide alarms regularly to make sure they are operating properly. Monthly testing is recommended.

Take these additional preventative measures around your home:

  • Make sure everyone sleeps with bedroom doors closed at night to help keep fire and smoke out of bedrooms and provide valuable time to escape.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended; store matches and lighters in a safe place, up high and out of the reach of children.
  • Never run power cords under rugs or heavy furniture.
  • Inspect your home for fire hazards, such as overloaded electrical circuits, light bulbs with greater wattages than a light fixture is rated for or combustible items (like newspapers, cardboard and rags). Keep any combustible items away from all portable space heaters, water heaters, furnaces or other heat sources.
  • Always store flammable liquids in an approved container designed to store the liquid and keep it in a locked, detached shed. Wipe up any spills immediately and never refuel motors near heat sources, sparks or cigarettes. Never use gasoline in your home or basement.

Check back here next week for information on planning for fire safety.

John Slauenwhite

Delivering Peace of Mind in Real Estate


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