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Fire Safety and Prevention

Always be Prepared

In the event of a house fire, you can help keep you and your family safe by being as prepared as possible. Having smart home essentials like smart fire detectors and carbon monoxide detectors installed can warn you of danger. Keeping a fire extinguisher ready and maintained is another great way to ensure you’re prepared if a fire breaks out in your home.

Fire-Resistant Home

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Creating a home that is fire resistant can go a long way to help protect you against a fire. Fire-resistant materials are a great way to start.

5 Tips for Building a Fire-Resistant Home

  • Use fire-resistant materials when building any new structure. Non-combustible gutters, downspouts and attic screening are all good choices when adding on to an existing structure.
  • Common fire-resistant building materials include brick, stone and stucco. Or try fibre-cement siding. It looks like traditional wood siding, but it’s made from Portland cement, sand and wood fibre so it’s highly fire resistant.
  • Don’t attach combustible fences or walkways directly to your house.
  • Use tempered or double-paned glass in windows, doors and skylights to reduce the potential of breakage due to heat.
  • Install screening on chimneys to prevent sparks from igniting roofs and nearby vegetation.

Helpful Products for a Fire-Resistant Home

House Fire Prevention

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Your best defence against any kind of fire – whether started in the house, yard or beyond – is to understand the risks and take the appropriate steps inside and outside to help prevent it from occurring.

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 by keeping fresh batteries in your smoke alarms, replacing the alarms when needed and creating a plan for evacuation in the event a fire does break out.

10 Tips for Preventing House Fires

  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years or as needed.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms on each floor as well as near bedrooms.
  • Place fire extinguishers within reach on every floor of your home.
  • Never disable a smoke detector while cooking and use a timer when possible.
  • Never leave any cooking unattended on a hot stove, especially hot oil. It is dangerous to throw water on the oil if it has caught fire because the liquid could splash onto the person or easily spread to other surfaces. The safest way to extinguish a small grease fire is a Class B extinguisher. For a large grease fire, call 9-1-1.
  • Be careful with candles and never leave them unattended.
  • Keep flammable items such as curtains, bedding and furniture away from flames.
  • Contact your utility company to come and trim trees and their branches if they are not clear of power lines. If it’s an option in your area, consider installing electrical lines underground.
  • Never overload electrical outlets or use extension cords in the place of additional outlets.
  • Attend to appliances regularly to ensure they are safe for use with no frayed cords, clogged filters, etc. Be sure to check dryer vents and clean lint traps regularly — many house fires are caused by clogged dryer vents.

Home Safety Placement Recommendations

Home Safety Placement Recommendations
Home Safety Placement Recommendations

Your home should have a combination of devices in various rooms. Follow this guideline:

Upstairs Bedrooms

  • A smoke alarm in every upstairs bedroom, along with one carbon monoxide detector and an accessible fire extinguisher on the top floor.

Kitchen

  • A combination carbon monoxide and smoke alarm and a fire extinguisher.

Living Area

  • A carbon monoxide detector and separate smoke alarm as well as a fire extinguisher.

Basement

  • A separate fire and carbon monoxide detector as well as a fire extinguisher.

Garage

  • A fire extinguisher.

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Fire Prevention Tips

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House Fire Clean-up

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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.

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