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.
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.
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 can be good for small fires, but there are different types of extinguishers:
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.
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:
Use Fire Prevention Week to evaluate fire preparedness and educate family members about fire safety.
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