The National Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12th this year, so now is the perfect time to get more conscious about staying safe from and preventing fires in your home, work building, or anywhere really! Most home insurance policies and other types of insurance policies take into account the risk of fires, so we also want to educate consumers on best practices for fire prevention and planning.
As found on the Government of BC website page for Fire Prevention Week, the week’s slogan is:
Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan & Practice Your Escape!™
The slogan is a reminder that we are all responsible for the prevention of — and safety from — fires. Not only should we work to educate ourselves in learning to prevent fires and stay safe from fires as much as possible, but we should also plan on what to do if/when the tragedy of fire takes place.
FIRE PREVENTION & SAFETY EDUCATION
There are many ways we can learn to prevent fires and stay safe from them. From being smart with specific appliances and cooking consciously, to supervising properly, and more. Here are some simple ways to prevent and stay safe from fires.
Be Conscious About Cooking Appliances
One of the most common causes of fires are cooking appliances as they are one of the most used forms of heating in a home. Something like a stove or an oven can easily catch fire if not used or supervised properly. Even an electric stove, which is known to be a bit safer than a gas stove, can start a fire if something flammable is touching the heat and/or something is left on the stove to heat or cook unattended. The same goes for ovens.
Keep An Eye On Candles, Fireplaces and Firepits
Another common cause of fires come from open flames themselves. Open fires can be extremely dangerous, whether they are big or small. Things like candles and fireplaces can easily cause a fire if not properly used or well supervised. Always keep a close eye on any open flames within the building or home, and also make sure to keep these open flames well away from anything flammable like curtains, clothes, etc. Even open flames outside of the home like firepits can be dangerous if not properly used or properly supervised too, so make sure to maintain the same safety standards for these open flames as well.
Know The Smell Of Open Gas
One more common cause of fires come from open gas, which is becoming more common inside homes and buildings. Many furnaces and hot water tanks now use gas for heating because of its various benefits. However, this gas is also extremely flammable and if it somehow escapes into the open air, that can be a recipe for disaster. Because of this, it’s important to use any gas-heating device properly and safely. It’s also important to keep your nose out for the smell of any open gas that may be leaking. Having the right kind of detectors can also help as well (see below).
Keep Smoke Alarms & Gas Alarms Active
In the scary case that an uncontrollable fire starts, or if gas begins to leak from a gas-heating device, having smoke alarms and gas alarms can help in ensuring that these risks are detected quickly. Ensure your home or building is set up with enough fire detectors, smoke alarms, and gas detection alarms. Ensuring these stay active throughout the year is important too, which can usually just mean making sure the batteries in them are still good.
Have Fire Extinguishers Close By
Having fire extinguishers properly placed around the house can also help in staying safe if/when an uncontrollable fire starts. Having one in the kitchen is always a good idea since cooking appliances are a common cause of fires, but having more fire extinguishers placed around the home or building is also a good idea in case you can’t grab one in a specific location easily.
FIRE ESCAPE PLANNING
If/when the scary incident moment of an uncontrollable fire presents itself in your life, it’s important to have a plan for safety! Below are some ways you can better plan to find safety in the case of an uncontrollable fire.
Know Your Escape Plan
Knowing how you may escape a fire in your home, work, or any other building can be a life-saving task. Identify fire exits already present in a building/home, or potential windows and other escape methods. Having this in the back of your mind can save you crucial time in an escape, and extra time to escape will be very important in these crucial moments.
Estimate Your Escape Time
Learning about how quickly fires can spread from room to room or from floor to floor will help give you an estimated time frame to escape. Although not always advised if there’s not enough time, knowing that you may have an extra minute or two in your escape can give you confidence in ensuring loved ones or important assets escape safely too.
Assign A Meeting Place
It’s good to have a designated meeting place assigned in case of a fire. This will help let everyone in the home or building know exactly where they should meet in case quickly escaping a fire is necessary, and then the group can easily take into account everyone who has escaped (or who may still be inside) as well.
HAVE A GREAT FIRE PREVENTION WEEK, AND STAY SAFE!
We hope you have a great fire prevention week, and stay safe! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions whatsoever about fire prevention, fire safety, and/or the details around your insurance policies when it comes to fire damage. We’d be happy to help answer any questions you may have.