It is sad to note that though few fires are reported in Canada, but an average of eight Canadians die every week due to fire accidents. This makes it important for every homeowner to take fire safety tips seriously to reduce the chances of losing life and property, as a result of fire.
Below you will find tips worth considering when trying to prevent fires at home:
Prevent cooking accidents
The kitchen is the number one source of home fires in Canada, and 85% of all incidents reported are due to cooking accidents. A lot of caution must be taken to prevent the occurrence of these accidents. All cooking appliances should not be left unattended, and extra caution must be exercised when handling flammable substances in the kitchen. Just remember that all cooking fires can be prevented, so do your bit to ensure that they don’t occur.
Prevent smoking accidents
Careless smoking is another leading cause of fire accidents in Canada. You have probably heard of incidences when people fell asleep in an upholstered chair while smoking, and the cigarette or cigar started a fire. If you are a smoker and you have to smoke around your home, you must be a responsible smoker. You must also never smoke, or allow anyone to smoke when they are under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication.
Install a smoke detector
Smoke detectors will always warn you every time there is smoke and fire within the house. They are your first line of defense against home fires. With them installed at home, you will not be caught off guard, and you will be in a position to salvage the damage or losses that might have been occasioned by a fire.
Teach family members what to do in the case of a fire
Finally, it is important for every family member to know what to do when there is a fire or when the smoke detector sounds an alarm. There should be an elaborate fire escape plan, and this should be practiced by every family member, so that in case of an incident, they will know what to do. This is of vital importance to reducing the number of injuries or fatalities when there is an actual fire in the house.