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Carbon Monoxide and Heating Safety Preparedness Guide-Part 2

January 6, 2015 - Updated: January 6, 2015

Part 2 of 2  (Continued from Last Issue)

Apartment Fire Safety

Fire safety isn’t just for homes; be sure to review this list for your apartment.

•    Make sure that your smoke alarms are working
•    Be ready to protect yourself from smoke
•    Duct tape can be used to keep smoke from entering your apartment
•    Keep emergency numbers handy
•    Know where fire alarms are on your floor and how to use them
•    Be aware of how to escape your apartment building if needed
•    Let your landlord know if you are unable to use stairs in case of an emergency

Preventing Cooking Fires

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires in Canada, but most of these hazards can be prevented by following a few simple steps:

i)     Teach children about safe cooking
       Children should only cook with adult permission and supervision, and should be at least one metre away.

ii)    Wear short sleeves when cooking
       Contact between stovetop burners and clothing is a common cause of fires

iii)   Cooking oil should not be overheated
       Oil can easily start a fire, and grease-laden food should never be left unattended.

iv)   Combustible objects should be stored away from the stove
       Food packaging, curtains, dish towels, and other flammable items can easily catch fire.

v)    Cooking areas should be kept clean
       Prevent grease buildup by keeping appliances and nearby surfaces clean.

vi)   Turn pot handles inward
       This can prevent pots from being accidentally tipped over, especially by children.

vii)  Never leave cooking unattended
       Many home cooking fires leading to fatalities are caused by cooking that was left unattended.

What to do if a cooking fire does happen:

For pots: put a lid on it and wait for it to cool. Do not carry it outside, as this could cause it to ignite.

For ovens and microwaves: keep the door shut and turn off the heat. If the fire does not stop immediately, contact the fire department.

Never pour water on a grease fire:  this will cause it to flare and spread.

Keep a fire extinguisher by the kitchen door: this should only be used if you have a clear escape and the fire department has been notified. Multi-purpose extinguishers can put out all types of fires.

Following these tips will ensure that you are doing your best to prevent accidents from happening, and if one does happen, that you will be ready to deal with it.

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