Fire Prevention Week, or National Home Fire Safety Week, takes place annually in October. It’s week of fire safety awareness that has been observed nationally since 1925.
It is recognized in the beginning of fall because it marks the start of the heating months, when the outside temperature drops, and homeowners begin to use gas or electric heaters to keep their homes warm.
We want to take this opportunity to educate you on how to prevent in-home fires during the winter months (or any month for that matter!).
1. Ensure safe disposal of cigarettes
If you smoke, ensure you are doing so somewhere safe, and most importantly ensure you are disposing your cigarettes properly. Make sure to collect your cigarettes buts in an ashtray and dispose the cigarette only once the flame is out.
2. Don’t leave your stove or oven unattended
While cooking, try not to walk away from the stove. Closely monitor your cooking to avoid splattering oil or any paper towels from catching on fire.
3. Test your smoke alarms regularly
Click on the button on your smoke detector to ensure it’s functional and working properly.
Testing that your smoke detector is functional is priceless, so try to do it often. It’s a simple step that can keep you and your loved ones are safe from any harm.
4. Inspect all heating sources
Remember, if heating sources in your home aren’t inspected by a professional, that could be a problem. A fire can start quickly because of debris and dust getting too close to the heat source.
5. Always check your dryer
We’re always in a hurry when we do our daily chores. Depending on the dryer you have, don’t forget to clean out the lint trap with every new load of laundry.
6. Keep an eye on any burning candles
We all love to de-stress with a nicely scented candle. However, if we aren’t careful, we could run the risk of a fire breaking out at moment’s notice. Double checking that all your candles are blown out before leaving the house or going to sleep is a simple way to avoid this risk.
7. Secure a solid insurance policy
Last, but not least, ensure you have a robust insurance policy. It is important to read the fine print when it comes to your individual policy. If you’re going to spend time away from your home, your policy may contain a clause about being away during the heating season.
NFP specialists have extensive industry knowledge and will work with every client to review the details of your policy or ensure custom insurance coverage that is more aligned with your individual needs. Our specialized brokers are well-versed in providing tailor-made personal insurance solutions to meet your ever evolving and unique needs.
For more information on what steps to take in the event of a fire, visit Redcross.ca.