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Fire Prevention Week Oct 8 – 14

We are now in Canada’s Fire Prevention Week. This is an opportunity for homeowners to assess home fire safety and make sure the whole family knows what to do in the event of a fire.

Fire Prevention Week

All home insurance policies will cover damage caused by fire and comprehensive vehicle insurance will cover fire damage to a car or truck. In addition to insurance coverage, it’s important to be fire smart, which includes installing and checking fire-safety devices in a home and creating a fire-evacuation plan.

Installing fire-safety devices

Smoke detectors

Smoke detectors can expire, not joking. Everyone knows that smoke detectors need to be checked twice a year to replace batteries.  Use that as an opportunity to also check your detector’s expiration date. Most smoke detectors on the market will normally have a life span of 10 years but some models may expire within five years so use the time when changing the batteries to check.  You can normally find the manufacture date where the batteries are placed,

Fire extinguishers

Fire extinguishers can be good for small fires, but there are different types of extinguishers:

  • Type A – designed to extinguish fires with wood, paper, plastic or other combustible materials
  • Type B – designed for fighting fires fuelled by flammable liquids such as gasoline, oil or paint
  • Type C – designed for fighting fires that have been started by electrical systems or appliances

It is best to have a fire extinguisher designed for all three types of fires commonly found in residential homes. If a fire is out of control be safe and evacuate the home and call 9-1-1.

Like smoke detectors, fire extinguishers also expire. Annually check the manufacturer’s instructions for the fire extinguisher often is the best way to learn when it needs to be serviced or replaced and how it’s used.

Creating a fire-escape plan

In addition to having a smoke detector and a fire extinguisher, having a fire-escape plan is another way to be prepared. Here are some tips to create a fire-escape plan:

  1. draw a floor plan of the house
  2. mark two exit routes for each room
  3. establish a meeting place outside the home
  4. ensure everyone in the home knows the exit routes and meeting place
  5. keep the fire evacuation plan in an easily-viewed area  (i.e., the fridge)
  6. use fire drills to practice exit routes

Extinguish lack of fire-safety knowledge

Use Fire Prevention Week  to evaluate fire preparedness and educate family members about fire safety.

Check out the BC Government Fire Prevention Page


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