According to Statistics Canada over a 3 year period between 2012 - 2014 there were, on average, 12,271 residential fires per year - that’s over 30 per day!
House fires can result in the loss of loved ones, damage to property and can be a very traumatic experience for those involved.
People facing loss of income - Canada Fire safety is critical, so here are important tips to keep you and your family safe.
- Start by preparing a fire escape plan for your family. Outline designated escape routes. Decide on a safe meeting place outside of your home. Review your fire plan periodically.
- Install smoke alarms throughout your home. Check them monthly to make sure they're working. If they’re battery operated, put a reminder in your calendar to change the batteries yearly.
- Practice fire safety in the home. Store matches and lighters in a safe place, up high and out of the reach of children. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Keep portable fire escape ladders in all upstairs bedrooms, or at key locations in your fire escape route.
- Perform an annual inspection of your home for fire hazards, such as overloaded electrical circuits, and light bulbs with greater wattages than a light fixture is rated for. Look for areas where combustible items (like newspapers, cardboard and rags) might be piling up. Note: Keep any combustible items away from all portable space heaters, water heaters, furnaces or other heat sources.
- If you have a wood-burning appliance or fireplace, become thoroughly familiar with its safe operation and maintenance, and learn how to burn wood safely.
If a fire happens:
- Put your fire escape plan into action and evacuate all members of your family.
- Call 911 immediately.
- When it is safe to do so, contact your broker to arrange for an adjuster to handle your claim.