Fire Prevention Canada reports that despite the fact that fewer fire losses are reported in Canada, on average eight Canadians die as a result of fire every week1. Read these tips to find out how you can protect yourself from such a tragedy. The following are fire safety tips we have put together based on recommendations from Fire Prevention Canada, a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to increase visibility and awareness of fire prevention throughout the country, by educating the public directly and through the Fire Service.
Tip 1: Prevent cooking accidents
Taking precautions to prevent cooking fires will significantly help protect your family and home against fire. "Cooking-related fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires in Canada, resulting in many deaths and hundreds of injuries each year," states Fire Prevention Canada. "Don't leave cooking appliances unattended when in use, and be very cautious when cooking with oil. All cooking fires are preventable, so remember to select the proper heat setting for the food being prepared and keep your stove top clean and clear at all times." You and your guests will be pleased with the results!
Tip 2: Prevent smoking accidents
Smoking is another significant source of home fires. In fact, according to Fire Prevention Canada: "Careless smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths. A smoker falling asleep in an upholstered chair or bed is the most common occurrence. Never smoke or allow someone to smoke when they are under the influence of medication, alcohol or drugs."
Tip 3: Stay safe - Get a monitored smoke detector
Lastly, having a monitored smoke detector will alert you to the presence of fire and smoke, warning you that it is time to head to safety. "Smoke alarms are the first line of defense against a deadly fire," asserts Fire Prevention Canada. "The sound of a smoke alarm is your warning to leave the building. By developing a fire escape plan and practicing it often, you will be prepared to react correctly if a fire strikes."
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- Source: Fire Prevention Week, 2012 Fire Prevention Canada