Although wildfire damage in B.C. this year is just a fraction of what they were the last two, we are regardless still in prime fire season and the risk is always present especially during the summer’s warmer months. In today’s blog post we identify some danger areas around the house and what you can do to prevent an unwanted accident.
• Do not stray too far while cooking anything on the stove top. If you must step away,
set a timer with a loud alarm to alert when something is done roasting or baking.
• Always have oven mitts readily available and use them when handling hot pots and pans.
• Toasting something prone to dripping like cheese or oily meat? Place a tray or aluminum foil underneath to catch any grease.
• Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing that can come in contact with the burners or accidentally snag a handle.
• Check the cords of hair dryers, curling irons and electric shavers — worn or frayed wires are a potential fire hazard, especially in a moist environment like the washroom.
• Unplug appliances after using them.
• Be weary of devices intended for other markets as they may be designed for a different power source.
• Try not to have too many plugs connected to extension cords and wall sockets that could overload the electrical system.
• Clear the area around outlets of obstructions. This includes carpeting and rugs.
• Opt for battery-operated candles whenever possible. Do not leave wax candles lit unattended, or around young children or pets.
• Smoke outside, as falling ash can easily ignite fabrics and carpeting. Ensure cigarette butts are properly extinguished before disposing.
• Make a habit of testing smoke alarms — which possess a lifespan of approximately 10 years — every month or so. Batteries should be replaced regularly.
• Create a fire escape plan: here’s a template.
• Store an emergency kit in a central location, complete with working fire extinguisher.