Fire is one of the most common ways your home can be damaged, along with water losses, wind damage and vehicles crashing into it. But fire will still be on top of the list of the risks that could occur at home.
So it is important to keep in mind ways to keep your property safe. Here are some helpful tips to prevent unexpected fires from popping up at home:
- Installing smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. In the event the alarm gets triggered while everyone is asleep, you want to make sure every member of your family hears it so they can evacuate if there is a fire.
- Install at least one working CO (carbon monoxide) alarm near your sleeping area. Carbon monoxide has no smell, taste or colour and can cause illness that leads to death, so a special alarm is required to detect it.
- Test your smoke and CO alarms every month.
- Replace the batteries for those alarms at least once a year.
- Prepare a home fire escape plan and practice it twice a year.
- Stay in the kitchen when you’re cooking and watch what you heat. A number of fires start in the kitchen when people aren’t paying attention to their cooking.
- Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children by locking them high in cabinets that they cannot access very easily.
- Give space for your heaters by keeping them 1 metre away from things that can burn.
- Be careful with candles and blow them out when you leave the room.
- Inspect electrical cords, replace damaged cords and loose connections.
- If you are building a new home, install sprinklers. Or if you are renovating install residential fire sprinklers.
By taking these simple measures you can preempt fire losses from happening on your property. If you would like to discuss further steps you can take to protect your home from a fire, call one of our trusted insurance brokers at (416) 494-1268.