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Fire Safety Week

By on October 17th, 2011

Recent studies have shown that fires are growing bigger and moving faster because of the amount of man-made products we are putting in our homes. Common items such as upholstered furniture, carpeting, plastic audio/video media and toys all contribute to intense fires. According to the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM), it can take less than three minutes for a room to flashover, which is when all of the exposed surfaces of all combustible materials within the room are ignited.

Monitored smoke detectors and monitored carbon monoxide detectors significantly increase your safety in your home. While smoke detectors provide early warning when occupants are at home, they also can get help to your home very quickly, even if no one is home to call 911.

OFM statistics also indicate that the leading cause of residential fires in Ontario is unattended cooking. To prevent these fires from occurring, people need to stay in the kitchen while they cook. If people need to leave for any reason, they should turn off the stove and take the pot off the burner.

It’s the law in Ontario to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. The fire service also recommends installing smoke alarms inside bedrooms. Think of smoke alarms as seatbelts for the home. While everyone hopes they’ll never need them, they will be grateful they are working if there’s ever a fire.

Winston Churchill said, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” Those words are resoundingly true when it comes to home fire escape planning. Determining who will be responsible for young children, older adults and others who may need assistance is part of creating a home fire escape plan that works best for your household. Practice it regularly so that everyone knows what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.

Fire safety plans for homes are especially important where young children are involved. But many times grandparents have little ones stay overnight – never thinking about a fire safety plan involving their grandkids.

Taking responsibility for your family’s safety is important every day of the year. This week, during Fire Prevention Week, take some extra time to ensure smoke alarms are working and practice a home fire escape plan. And always stay in the kitchen when you’re cooking. You and your family’s lives may depend on it.

Just a reminder that Daylight Savings Time will end shortly – and before you turn your clocks back replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. Too many people die in residential fires because of depleted batteries in their smoke detectors.

Damar Security Systems is your one-stop for all forms of electronic life safety and security systems and equipment.

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