The majority of fires in Canada strike residential properties. What’s more, about 55% of wildfires in this country (more than 8,000 a year) are caused by humans, and they most often occur in well-populated areas. The average area burned annually by wildfires is approximately 2.5 million hectares – an area larger than 3 million CFL football fields.
These are daunting statistics. But if you take some simple fire safety precautions in and around your house, you can help keep you and your family safe.
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Your best defense against any kind of fire – whether started in the house, yard or beyond – is to understand the risks, and take steps inside and out.
Even basic yard work, such as clearing out dry, dead vegetation, can help deter a fire from your area. In the home, be sure to focus on early detection with up-to-date smoke alarms and a plan for evacuation.
Every family should have a Family Emergency Kit ready, be it for a fire or any other unexpected occurrence.
Learn more in our Fire Safety 101 Guide.
Dealing with fire damage can be devastating, but early detection can help prevent it from spreading and causing additional damage.
Your first concern after a fire is to ensure it’s safe to return to the area. Check with fire officials before approaching the scene of any fire. Dangers in the area may include smouldering embers, structural instability, debris including rusty nails and broken glass and water damage that can bring on mould and mildew.