Fire Prevention Week across Canada, and, being a partner of the Canadian Fire Services, Duracell wants to help keep families safe. Here are some tips they've asked me to share with you:
- Plan: Map out the best way to escape in the event of a fire emergency. Be sure to go over the plan with your family and even create a special day each year where you all practice your fire drill. This way, you and your family can be prepared if a fire should occur.
- Unplug: Don’t overload electrical outlets with too many plugs from your electronics. If your devices aren’t in use, check that they’re turned off and unplugged from their outlet. Also, when buying your devices, look for approval by a recognized listed agency like the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
- Clean: Make sure your chimney and fireplace are cleaned annually to prevent a chimney fire from occurring. If you own a space heater, keep in a clear area so that there are no flammable items around.
- Focus: Cooking is the number one cause of house fires, so it’s essential that you never leave food that’s cooking on a stovetop unattended. Always monitor whatever you’re cooking, and make sure that your cooking space is clear of any objects.
- Replace: Fire detectors are crucial for notifying you if a fire emergency should occur, which is why it’s important to replace batteries. Test your alarm each month, and be sure to replace your Duracell batteries with the NEW Quantum battery every fall when you turn back your clocks.
Our clocks will fall back in just a few weeks, on November 3. Be sure to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and home alarm sensors as well. The time change is a great reminder for this essential safety task. And maybe that will be a good weekend to have a discussion with your family about your own fire safety plan for your home. Stay safe!
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