Your best defence against any kind of fire – whether started in the house, yard or beyond – is to understand the risks, and take steps inside and outside.
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.
7 Tips for Preventing House Fires
• Replace smoke alarms every 10 years or as needed.
• Install Carbon Monoxide alarms on each floor & 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 cooking unattended as one third of all home cooking fires are caused by unattended cooking.
• Be careful with candles and never leave them unattended.
• Keep flammable items such as curtains, bedding and furniture away from flames.
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.