Keeping your family, home, and belongings safe is a priority all year long. It only takes a few seconds for an accident to happen, but it'll change your life forever. Seasonal factors can cause significant changes in and around your home. This can result in increased risks and hazards. That's why it is important to adjust your routine to the seasonal and environmental factors. Here are some safety tips to help keep your home and family safe from harm.
Backyard fireplaces/fire pits:
- Fireplaces should be placed on non-combustible pads with ample space in front to contain escaping sparks
- Fireplace should be located well away from the home and combustibles structures
- Fire pits installed on patios and other locations should have a minimum clearance of 4 feet (1.2m) from combustibles (including wood decks, side of home, and fencing) with protection past the sides of the unit. It is always prudent to check local by-laws and fire regulations before use.
- Have a water hose or fire extinguisher on hand
- Never leave a fire unattended
- Check local by-laws for specific regulations or installation requirements
- Trampolines can be fun if used safely. Children should be supervised when using them and protective netting should be installed to avoid falls.
- Access to a swimming pool should be secured to prevent unauthorized/unsupervised entry. A 1.5m (5') fence, gate with a self-locking mechanism, and warning signs are recommended and/or required in some jurisdictions. Municipal by-laws should be consulted for pool safety compliance requirements.
- Ensure you have emergency supplies such as a first aid kit, cell phone, water and sun screen. If you are camping in a trailer, make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector installed and in proper working order.