Fire safety is an important part of home ownership. Many mishaps have happened over the years that have cost people dearly.
Whether it is property loss, personal injury from smoke inhalation, or even loss of life, fire safety is not to be taken lightly. We are in the midst of the most dangerous seasons of the year. Winter months are busier than most, leaving people distracted. There’s also the Christmas trees and lights.
Other fires are started with grease, candles or even cigarette butts. Although smoking isn’t as common as it used to be, there is still a heightened concern over residential fires due to improper disposal of cigarettes, legalized marijuana usage, and the usage of other smoking paraphernalia.
The last thing you want is to be woken up by a blaring fire alarm and having to gather your loved ones and pets in an attempt to make it out of your burning home.
The Greater City of Sudbury outlines 13 fire safety tips and you can check them out below.
1) Check your smoke detector regularly and replace the battery as necessary.
2) Avoid careless smoking. Use deep ashtrays and never smoke in bed.
3) Avoid careless smoking. Use deep ashtrays and never smoke in bed.
4) Avoid storing unnecessary flammable liquids in your home or attached garage. Never store propane cylinders in your home or attached garage.
5) Do not use unsafe electrical appliances. Discard frayed extension cords, do not use them as permanent wiring. Do not overload circuits.
6) Twice a year, tighten fuses in the panel or check circuit breakers for free operation.
7) Ensure that your wood-stove and chimney are safely installed and maintained.
8) Clean-up your basement, garage, yard and other storage areas at least twice a year.
9) If you cannot extinguish a small fire with your portable fire extinguisher or if the smoke is hazardous, leave the area right away.
10) Never place yourself or others in jeopardy by attempting to extinguish a fire.
11) Close the door to confine the fire.
12) Alert the other occupants and call 9-1-1 from a safe place.
13) Finally, wait outside for the firefighters to arrive.