2018 Fire Prevention Week: What You Should Know
This week is the 2018 Fire Prevention Week in Canada.
October 7-October 13 is Fire Prevention Week, and it’s important for several reasons, mainly because by following a proper (and rather simple) fire prevention checklist, you can ensure your loved ones are protected in the case of a fire at your home or business.
Let’s look at some statistics.
- In 2014, nearly 75% of structural fires were residential (ie home) fires
- Nearly 90% of deaths related to fire occurred in structural fires (see above; mainly, home fires)
- On average, a fire kills 8 people/week in Canada
- 60% of all residential fires were the result of either cooking, or smoking/open flame
- Nearly 90% of cases of non-evacuation from a structure, leading to death, was because of persons being trapped by spreading fire or smoke
What can you do to keep your family safe?
We don’t post these tips for fun. They are tried and true methods for keeping your family safe, and dramatically reducing risk of death in the event of a fire.
Number one, and perhaps most important, is to regularly check your fire alarms. How often? At least once per month, and batteries (if used) should be replaced twice a year. We walk by our fire alarms nearly everyday and often forget about them completely, until we need them, at which point it could be too late. Put a reminder in your phone or calendar that recurs monthly to ensure your fire alarms are working properly.
Create a fire escape plan and discuss and practice it with your family. If you do not practice this often, particularly with young children, they and you may panic during the event of a fire. However, if you have made a fire escape plan a part of your conversations and family discussions, it can be automatic in an emergency. The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs has a great example along with tips to practicing this plan with your family.
When cooking, keep a lid of cookie sheet handy to smother flames. Grease fires spread very quickly and should not be put out with water. Instead, you want to smother the flame. Do not yank the pot off of the stove as this can spread flames.
In the event of a fire, your first step should be to get yourself and your family out. Don’t try to be a hero and fight the fire yourself; get everyone out first. Only then should you try and put out a small fire. Otherwise, stay out with your family and call 911 immediately. Do not return to your home for anything apart from family members. It isn’t worth it.
Please take fire prevention seriously. It could end up saving your life, along with your loved one’s. Discuss your fire escape plan with your children, ensuring they understand the first step in the event of a fire is to get out of the house.
As always, if you experience a fire and are in need of restoration services, please call DKI Canada at anytime at 1-855-DKI-2DAY.
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