October 9 to 14 is Fire Prevention Week in Canada this year, and the Calgary Fire Department is taking this time to remind residents of the importance of fire safety and prevention. Did you know a house fire can double in size every 30 to 60 seconds? It’s true, so make sure you keep these fire prevention tips in mind!
- You have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home
- You test your detectors monthly
- Detectors over ten years old are replaced
- Here’s how to tell if your detector is expired:
- Remove the smoke alarm from the wall or ceiling.
- Look at the back of the alarm for the date of manufacture.
- If it was made less than 10 years ago, put the alarm back on the ceiling or wall.
- If it was made 10 or more years ago or you cannot find the manufacture date, replace the alarm with a new one.
- Having trouble finding the date? Sparky can teach you how if you watch this video
- Cooking is never left unattended
- Check for worn or cracked electrical cords on appliances
- Small appliances not being used are left unplugged
- Gas appliances/fireplaces are inspected annually
- Electrical outlets are not overloaded
- Wires or cords do not run under carpets or rugs
- Lamps are clear of fabrics or anything that can overheat or catch fire
- Bedroom doors are closed at night
- Windows open easily
- Furnace and hot water tank are clear of combustibles or obstructions
- Electrical panel is free of obstructions
- Gasoline isn’t stored in garage
- Garage is kept clear of sawdust or wood shavings
- Cars are not left idling in garage
For more fire prevention tips, the Calgary Fire Department is holding three free open houses this Saturday, October 14th from 1 to 4pm: