Smoke alarms are your first line of defence
(NC) An average of eight Canadians die each week as a result of fires that are considered preventable, or are a result of careless behaviour, reports Fire Prevention Canada. When considering your own protection, remember that functioning smoke alarms are a reliable first line of defense.
A few simple steps to consider:
• Install smoke alarms on every story of your home and outside sleeping areas, and make sure you test them regularly. A good measure is to test the detectors monthly, clean them every six months, and replace batteries when necessary. • Have a fire escape plan for your family and practice it. Make sure everyone in your household knows different ways to exit your house and have a meeting place a safe distance from your home in case of a fire. When going over the details of your escape plan, check windows and doors to ensure all easily open.
• When renovating, consider using fire-rated, non-combustible products. Roxul, for example, makes stone wool insulation. Because of the stone properties, it resists temperatures up to approximately 1177° C (2150°F) and when directly exposed to fire, it will not develop smoke or promote flames giving you more time to escape.
Fire prevention measures are a serious matter in every home. Make sure you consider all necessary steps whether it's installing an alarm or looking into fire-rated products – and remember that this year, Fire Prevention Week runs from October 6 to 12. Additional safety tips for you and your family are available online at firesafetycouncil.com, cafc.ca, and at fiprecan.ca.
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