5 Easy Steps for Fire Prevention

5 Easy Steps for Fire Prevention https://learningcentre.statefarm.ca/residence/5-easy-steps-for-fire-prevention/ bb3 Jul 30, 2014

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According to Safeathome.ca, an average of 20,000 house fires occur in Canada each year. Remember the following tips to help prevent fires in your home.

Inspect Your Home Regularly
These routine checks can help you stop a fire before it starts:

  • Examine appliance and electrical cords regularly for fraying, cuts or other damage.
  • Have a professional inspect your furnace yearly.
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned once a year.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly; replace batteries twice a year.
  • Check fire extinguishers every month.

Cook with Care
Kitchen fires are a top cause of house fires in Canada. Never leave your stovetop unattended while it’s in use, and always face pot and pan handles inward to avoid spills. Store flammable items, such as towels, away from the stove and oven.

Educate Your Kids
Talk to your children about fire safety. Store matches, lighters and flammable liquids out of their reach. Also take time to discuss a fire evacuation plan, and plan periodic drills to make sure your kids are prepared.

Use Candles Responsibly
Fires caused by candles have almost tripled in the last decade, according to safeathome.ca. Use candles cautiously: Place them on a stable surface — in a votive or other holder — away from curtains and other flammable materials, and blow them out before leaving the room.

Cut Clutter
Piles of paper, clothing and other items can fuel fires. Keep them from collecting around your home. Also keep from overloading electrical outlets. And if you’re using extension cords as permanent outlets, hire an electrician to install new wall outlets.

Visit the State Farm® Learning Centre for more about protecting your home from fire.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under any policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.