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As a little girl I loved going to school. But the one week that was truly exciting was Fire Prevention Week. Back in those days rules and regulations were a bit more lax, and our small school got to do something that many others never did… We got to go for a ride on the fire trucks… We were on them, in them, it was so much fun. Memories I’ll never ever forget. And though my little guys don’t get to ride the trucks any longer, they do still get to explore them. William, my six year old came home from school today so excited… he got to see a real fire truck up close. It was thrilling for him.
Fire prevention, though addressed at school with kids, is the responsibilities of the adults in their lives. Being mindful of our actions, and knowing what reactions will occur is important to keeping our families and our homes safe. Though some may use the term common sense here, in our heavily distracted lives, bad things happen. We must make the effort to minimize them.
Here are a few tips from Duracell and the Canadian Associations of Fire Chiefs to help you keep your home safe.
Replace: When it comes to smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors, The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs and Duracell would like to stress – don’t wait, check the date. Both smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors are crucial for notifying you if a fire emergency should occur, which is why it’s important to replace batteries. Test your alarm each month, and be sure to replace your Duracell Quantum batteries every fall when you turn back your clocks.
Plan: Map out the best way to escape in the event of a fire emergency. Be sure to go over the plan with your family and even create a special day each year where you all practice your fire drill. This way, you and your family can be prepared if a fire should occur.
Unplug: Don’t overload electrical outlets with too many plugs from your electronics. If your devices aren’t in use, check that they’re turned off and unplugged from their outlet. Also, when buying your devices, look for approval by a recognized listed agency like the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
Clean: Make sure your chimney and fireplace are cleaned annually to prevent a chimney fire from occurring. If you own a space heater, keep in a clear area so that there are no flammable items around.
Focus: Cooking is the number one cause of house fires, so it’s essential that you never leave food that’s cooking on a stovetop unattended. Always monitor whatever you’re cooking, and make sure that your cooking space is clear of any objects.
This weekend, my family will be going over our emergency exits, and what to do in case there is a fire. Drawing out a floor plan and paths to safe ways out. We’ll also be going over the rules for cooking in the kitchen (for the older ones) and why it’s important to keep the house tidy, to avoid tripping hazards.
But first… we’re checking out smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors, and replacing all the batteries with fresh new batteries.
What will you be doing this week to help ensure your home is safe?