Fire Safety

Home Fire Safety

Call 911

KITCHEN:

  • Avoid loose long sleeves when cooking.

  • Check kettles and toasters for damaged electrical cords and thermostats.

  • Use appliances that have an automatic shut-off.

  • Keep a timer handy to remind you when the oven and burners should be switched off.

  • If you take medication that causes drowsiness, do not use cooking appliances.

  • Use a temperature-controlled electric skillet or deep-fryer for frying.

  • Never leave your cooking unattended.

  • Use appropriate cooking appliances and keep them clean.

  • Keep a pot cover nearby to “put a lid on it” in the event of a fire.

  • Baking Soda can be used to smother fire.

 

LIVING ROOM

  • Fireplace: always use a fire screen, ensuring it is the appropriate size for the fireplace opening.

  • Power bars should not be used to overload electrical outlets. Do not use extension cords in the place of additional outlets.

  • Smokers should check furniture for fallen cigarettes or embers, which can smoulder undetected for hours before bursting into flames.

  • Ensure careful use of smoking materials and extinguish in water before disposal.

  • Never leave cigarettes in an ashtray unattended.

  • Use ashtrays with a double rim and deep centre.

  • Keep matches, lighters and lit candles out of the reach of children.

  • Never leave lit candles unattended.

 

BEDROOM

  • Install at least one smoke alarm outside each sleeping area. For improved safety, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom.

  • Check electrical appliances regularly in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions: electric blankets, heating pads, curling irons, radios, televisions, irons.

  • Bedrooms should be non-smoking areas.

 

BASEMENT AND ATTIC

  • Remove all combustible and flammable materials from the basement and attic.

  • Do not store gasoline in basements or attics! Store gasoline in well-ventilated areas, preferably outdoors.

  • Do not store propane indoors.

  • Use only approved containers to store and transport gasoline.

  • Have a thorough yearly maintenance check of the furnace carried out by a professional.

  • When replacing an old furnace, consult a professional to determine the most safe, economical and efficient system for your home.

  • Chimneys should be cleaned at least once a year.

 

GARAGE AND WORKSHOP

  • Flammable materials – thinners, gasoline, paints, industrial cleaners – should be stored neatly in approved containers and away from possible ignitable sources.

  • Do not smoke, or leave matches or lighters in the garage or workshop.

  • Install and know how to properly use the appropriate fire extinguisher for the garage/workshop.

  • Keep the area clean. Remove garbage, paper products, oily rags and wool.

 

Backyard Firepit

  • Should have regulated firepit.
  • Make sure you have a fire permit.
  • Never leave unattended. 
  • Make sure fire is completely extinguished.

 

For more information: http://www.fiprecan.ca/home-safety/

                                http://www.saultstemarie.ca/City-Hall/City-Departments/Fire-Services.aspx

  

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