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  • 1. • careless smoking • misuse of heating and cooking appliances • careless handling of flammable material 03/2010 • failure of electrical and mechanical equipment Among the major causes of fatal fires in Canada are: Chances are that your “Home Sweet Home” could be a lot safer. How fire-conscious are you? To learn more about IBC, visit www.ibc.ca. safe from its effects and dangers. tant tips have been included to keep you and your family fire in your home. If a fire does occur, a number of impor- This brochure provides information on how to prevent a without an invitation. about fire prevention because fire can’t enter your home IBC is committed to raising consumer awareness ty where all members of your household can refer to them easily. sold in Canada. the threat of fire coming into your home. Be sure to post the ABCs of fire safe- (AND WHAT TO DO IF THERE IS A FIRE) 90 per cent of the private property and casualty insurance of Canadians. Member insurance companies provide about Now is a good time to review a few common-sense precautions that can reduce companies that insure the homes, cars and businesses Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the voice of FIRE IN YOUR HOME Fire can’t enter your home… without an invitation. HOW TO PREVENT of Canada How to keep fire from knocking on your door! Insurance BureauElectrical and mechanical equipment Fuels, solvents and other flammable materials Heating and cooking Careless smoking■ If a circuit breaker trips or a fuse blows, it’s always sensi- ■ Fuels and solvents should be stored ■ Guard open fires carefully – fire screens are advisable. ■ Keep your matches and lighters out of the ble to find out why. Don’t use a fuse or breaker rated at in approved, correctly marked con- reach of children. Store matches in fire-resistant ■ Never try to get more heat out of an appliance than it was more than the capacity of the circuit. tainers. Gasoline, in particular, containers. Beware of butane lighters (especially those with- designed to provide.■ Use extension cords only temporarily and with care. should be stored in a container out safety valves) because they explode easily. ■ Keep portable heaters and space heaters at least one Remember that voltage decreases over distance and that that will tolerate the pressure ■ Provide smokers with plenty of deep, non-tip ashtrays. this can cause overheating in appliances that have mini- of expansion as temperatures metre (three feet) away from anything that can burn. Soak cigarette butts in water before disposing of them. mum voltage requirements. Never hang change.Gasoline should never ■ Establish, and stick to, regular maintenance schedules to ■ Don’t smoke while refueling vehicles or equipment, or electrical cords from nails or run them under carpets be stored in your home. ensure everything is in good working order. or doors. near solvents and paints. ■ Don’t tempt arsonists by leaving fuels and solvents in ■ Beware of blocked chimneys. Ensure that all in-use ■ Never smoke in bed.■ Remember that peak loads are handled best by balanced plain view. chimneys conform to existing building codes. Cap unused circuits. A 100-amp service with 20 circuits is often bet- ■ Be particularly careful around pilot lights, which can flue holes with metal or concrete. ■ Before going to bed or leaving your home after someone ter than a 200-amp service with only 10 circuits. ignite paint or solvent fumes. has been smoking, check under and around cushions and ■ Frequently clean chimneys that use oil or solid fuels. If in doubt, consult a licensed electrician. upholstered furniture for smouldering cigarettes. ■ Oily rags can ignite spontaneously. If you must keep them, ■■ Respect specified clearances between heating appliances Look for a recognized seal of approval on electrical appli- store them in a small, sealed, metal container. Even lano- More fire-safety tips and combustible walls and floors. Older appliances, in ances and cords – usually Canadian Standards lin-based hand cleaner can cause cloths to ignite. particular, must often be mounted on a base of insulated ■ Remember that even mothball fumes are flammable, Association (CSA) or Underwriters’ Laboratories of ■ Never use gasoline as a solvent. Even the friction of a cloth metal, concrete or other incombustible material. and that alcohol burns without visible flame. Canada (ULC). can ignite it. ■ If a fire starts in a conventional oven or microwave, close ■ Clear away rubbish. Don’t give fire a place to start.■ Be extremely cautious with aluminum wiring, particularly ■ Never use gasoline as a fire starter. the door to starve the fire of oxygen. ■ at terminals and junctions and in combination with cop- Never leave a Christmas tree or holiday decorative per wire. When corroded aluminum resists electrical cur- ■ ■ When deep-fat-frying, use only a thermostatically controlled lights unattended. Don’t use an open flame instead of a flashlight, especially rent, it can get very hot. Aluminum wire tends to “flow” anywhere that dust or vapour could ignite. electric appliance that is approved by CSA or ULC. ■ Unplug “instant-on” televisions that are unused for when it is under compression, causing terminal screws to ■ Clean stove-hood filters, vents and grease traps frequently. ■ Use a heat sink or shield when soldering plumbing close long periods. loosen and the current to spark like a welding machine. to combustible surfaces. ■ Smother grease fires with dry powder from a fire extinguisher, ■ When draft-proofing a home, make sure that fuel-burning■ Remember that even a fuse of correct amperage cannot pre- ■ Be cautious when refueling gasoline cans in the back of or tightly cover the burning contents of the pan or pot. You appliances have enough air to “breathe”. vent fires that are caused by sparks from frayed wires. can throw baking soda or salt on a grease fire, but never lined half-tonne trucks. Since the can is not grounded, ■ Make sure that babysitters know the escape exits■ Look out for thermostats serving electrical heaters and throw water, because this tends to spread the flames. there is a high possibility that static electricity will come and the basic rules of fire prevention. appliances, because they can sometimes weld themselves into contact with the gasoline. ■ Never throw flour or uncooked cereal on a fire. ■ Dust can explode. Vacuum cleaner dust andfloor sweep- shut, even when they are in the “off ” position. ■ If you must use a propane tank indoors, use one that is no ■ Don’t store flammable liquids above a stove or furnace. ings should be wrapped carefully and discarded with■ Keep insulation and combustible material well away from larger than 400 grams. Remember that propane is heavier household garbage. ■ Keep all combustible items, including wooden and plastic recessed ceiling “pot lights.” Even approved lights can than air and can accumulate in floor drains and other low- items, dishcloths and paper towels, at a safe distance from ■ Never leave small children at home alone. Some kids like cause problems. Don’t exceed the maximum bulb wattage lying areas. Never use propane or other compressed fuel specified by the maker of any lighting equipment. without a regulator. Don’t park a propane-powered vehicle your stove. to experiment with fire. in an underground garage. ■ Don’t use an outdoor-style BBQ indoors. Keep BBQs well ■ Be aware that direct sun can char internal wood surfaces of■ Telephone service wires, along with television and other outdoor aerials, should be grounded. Use lightning ■ Do not put foam and/or rubber articles in clothes dryers. away from walls of buildings and overhanging roofs. outer walls. Consider vines, vents and other methods of arresters in exposed locations. ■ Never leave cooking unattended, especially if you are cooling your home’s exterior. ■ Treat hair-spray, nail-polish and remover with respect,■ using oil or high temperatures. ■ Never make major structural changes without a building Don’t risk a grass fire: make sure your gas mower’s muffler because they contain a high proportion of solvent. These or spark arrestor is in good working order. On electrical products and smoking don’t mix. ■ Be sure to wear tight-fitting or rolled-up sleeves when using permit. Fire safety is a major concern of building inspectors. mowers, ensure that your cord is in good shape and use it the stove. A dangling sleeve on a housecoat or sweater can ■ Where a garage is attached to a house, the partitions only with a groundfault receptacle. easily brush against a hot burner and catch fire. between them should be fire-resistant, the door should ■ Always keep a large lid near the stove when you are cook- be self-closing and the lintel should be raised above the ing. If a pot catches fire, slide the lid over the pot, turn floor. Never prop the door open. off the stove and wait for it to cool. Always keep pot han- ■ Keep discarded bottles out of sunlight, because they can dles turned inward (over the stove). act as heat-concentrating lenses and start a fire. Page 1 10:57 AM 3/8/2010 How_To_Prvnt_Fire_brchr_EN_Mar2010.qxp
  • 2. • careless smoking • misuse of heating and cooking appliances • careless handling of flammable material 03/2010 • failure of electrical and mechanical equipment Among the major causes of fatal fires in Canada are: Chances are that your “Home Sweet Home” could be a lot safer. How fire-conscious are you? To learn more about IBC, visit www.ibc.ca. safe from its effects and dangers. tant tips have been included to keep you and your family fire in your home. If a fire does occur, a number of impor- This brochure provides information on how to prevent a without an invitation. about fire prevention because fire can’t enter your home IBC is committed to raising consumer awareness ty where all members of your household can refer to them easily. sold in Canada. the threat of fire coming into your home. Be sure to post the ABCs of fire safe- (AND WHAT TO DO IF THERE IS A FIRE) 90 per cent of the private property and casualty insurance of Canadians. Member insurance companies provide about Now is a good time to review a few common-sense precautions that can reduce FIRE IN YOUR HOME companies that insure the homes, cars and businesses Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the voice of Fire can’t enter your home… without an invitation. HOW TO PREVENT of Canada How to keep fire from knocking on your door! Insurance BureauElectrical and mechanical equipment Fuels, solvents and other flammable materials Heating and cooking Careless smoking■ If a circuit breaker trips or a fuse blows, it’s always sensi- ■ Fuels and solvents should be stored ■ Guard open fires carefully – fire screens are advisable. ■ Keep your matches and lighters out of the ble to find out why. Don’t use a fuse or breaker rated at in approved, correctly marked con- reach of children. Store matches in fire-resistant more than the capacity of the circuit. ■ Never try to get more heat out of an appliance than it was tainers. Gasoline, in particular, designed to provide. containers. Beware of butane lighters (especially those with-■ Use extension cords only temporarily and with care. should be stored in a container out safety valves) because they explode easily. Remember that voltage decreases over distance and that that will tolerate the pressure ■ Keep portable heaters and space heaters at least one metre (three feet) away from anything that can burn. ■ Provide smokers with plenty of deep, non-tip ashtrays. this can cause overheating in appliances that have mini- of expansion as temperatures Soak cigarette butts in water before disposing of them. mum voltage requirements. Never hang change.Gasoline should never ■ Establish, and stick to, regular maintenance schedules to electrical cords from nails or run them under carpets be stored in your home. ensure everything is in good working order. ■ Don’t smoke while refueling vehicles or equipment, or or doors. near solvents and paints. ■ Don’t tempt arsonists by leaving fuels and solvents in ■ Beware of blocked chimneys. Ensure that all in-use■ Remember that peak loads are handled best by balanced plain view. chimneys conform to existing building codes. Cap unused ■ Never smoke in bed. circuits. A 100-amp service with 20 circuits is often bet- ■ Be particularly careful around pilot lights, which can flue holes with metal or concrete. ■ Before going to bed or leaving your home after someone ter than a 200-amp service with only 10 circuits. ignite paint or solvent fumes. has been smoking, check under and around cushions and ■ Frequently clean chimneys that use oil or solid fuels. If in doubt, consult a licensed electrician. upholstered furniture for smouldering cigarettes. ■ Oily rags can ignite spontaneously. If you must keep them, ■ Respect specified clearances between heating appliances■ Look for a recognized seal of approval on electrical appli- store them in a small, sealed, metal container. Even lano- More fire-safety tips and combustible walls and floors. Older appliances, in ances and cords – usually Canadian Standards lin-based hand cleaner can cause cloths to ignite. particular, must often be mounted on a base of insulated ■ Remember that even mothball fumes are flammable, Association (CSA) or Underwriters’ Laboratories of ■ Never use gasoline as a solvent. Even the friction of a cloth metal, concrete or other incombustible material. and that alcohol burns without visible flame. Canada (ULC). can ignite it. ■ If a fire starts in a conventional oven or microwave, close ■ Clear away rubbish. Don’t give fire a place to start.■ Be extremely cautious with aluminum wiring, particularly ■ Never use gasoline as a fire starter. the door to starve the fire of oxygen. at terminals and junctions and in combination with cop- ■ Never leave a Christmas tree or holiday decorative per wire. When corroded aluminum resists electrical cur- ■ Don’t use an open flame instead of a flashlight, especially ■ When deep-fat-frying, use only a thermostatically controlled lights unattended. rent, it can get very hot. Aluminum wire tends to “flow” anywhere that dust or vapour could ignite. electric appliance that is approved by CSA or ULC. ■ Unplug “instant-on” televisions that are unused for when it is under compression, causing terminal screws to Clean stove-hood filters, vents and grease traps frequently. ■ Use a heat sink or shield when soldering plumbing close ■ long periods. loosen and the current to spark like a welding machine. to combustible surfaces. ■ Smother grease fires with dry powder from a fire extinguisher, ■ When draft-proofing a home, make sure that fuel-burning■ Remember that even a fuse of correct amperage cannot pre- or tightly cover the burning contents of the pan or pot. You ■ Be cautious when refueling gasoline cans in the back of appliances have enough air to “breathe”. vent fires that are caused by sparks from frayed wires. can throw baking soda or salt on a grease fire, but never lined half-tonne trucks. Since the can is not grounded, ■ Make sure that babysitters know the escape exits■ Look out for thermostats serving electrical heaters and there is a high possibility that static electricity will come throw water, because this tends to spread the flames. and the basic rules of fire prevention. appliances, because they can sometimes weld themselves into contact with the gasoline. ■ Never throw flour or uncooked cereal on a fire. shut, even when they are in the “off ” position. ■ Dust can explode. Vacuum cleaner dust andfloor sweep- ■ If you must use a propane tank indoors, use one that is no ■ Don’t store flammable liquids above a stove or furnace. ings should be wrapped carefully and discarded with■ Keep insulation and combustible material well away from larger than 400 grams. Remember that propane is heavier ■ Keep all combustible items, including wooden and plastic household garbage. recessed ceiling “pot lights.” Even approved lights can than air and can accumulate in floor drains and other low- cause problems. Don’t exceed the maximum bulb wattage lying areas. Never use propane or other compressed fuel items, dishcloths and paper towels, at a safe distance from ■ Never leave small children at home alone. Some kids like specified by the maker of any lighting equipment. without a regulator. Don’t park a propane-powered vehicle your stove. to experiment with fire.■ Telephone service wires, along with television and other in an underground garage. ■ Don’t use an outdoor-style BBQ indoors. Keep BBQs well ■ Be aware that direct sun can char internal wood surfaces of outdoor aerials, should be grounded. Use lightning ■ Do not put foam and/or rubber articles in clothes dryers. away from walls of buildings and overhanging roofs. outer walls. Consider vines, vents and other methods of arresters in exposed locations. ■ Never leave cooking unattended, especially if you are cooling your home’s exterior. ■ Treat hair-spray, nail-polish and remover with respect,■ Don’t risk a grass fire: make sure your gas mower’s muffler because they contain a high proportion of solvent. These using oil or high temperatures. ■ Never make major structural changes without a building or spark arrestor is in good working order. On electrical products and smoking don’t mix. ■ Be sure to wear tight-fitting or rolled-up sleeves when using permit. Fire safety is a major concern of building inspectors. mowers, ensure that your cord is in good shape and use it the stove. A dangling sleeve on a housecoat or sweater can ■ Where a garage is attached to a house, the partitions only with a groundfault receptacle. easily brush against a hot burner and catch fire. between them should be fire-resistant, the door should ■ Always keep a large lid near the stove when you are cook- be self-closing and the lintel should be raised above the ing. If a pot catches fire, slide the lid over the pot, turn floor. Never prop the door open. off the stove and wait for it to cool. Always keep pot han- ■ Keep discarded bottles out of sunlight, because they can dles turned inward (over the stove). act as heat-concentrating lenses and start a fire. Page 1 10:57 AM 3/8/2010 How_To_Prvnt_Fire_brchr_EN_Mar2010.qxp
  • 3. How_To_Prvnt_Fire_brchr_EN_Mar2010.qxp 3/8/2010 10:57 AM Page 2 { Home, Sweet Home? G I } IN CASE OF FIRE Get out! Stay out! • If you smell smoke or see flames, get everyone out of the building immediately. During a fire, the air is cleaner near the floor. • Get down on your hands and knees and crawl to an exit. • Close doors to slow the spread of smoke A and flames. • Agree on a meeting place, go there and “take attendance” to be sure that no one is left inside the building. Call the fire department! E • Phone the fire department from outside the K building and give the complete address of the fire. • Don’t hang up until you’re told to do so. • Be sure that no one goes back inside the building for any reason. • Tell the fire department if anyone is trapped inside the building. X Don’t fight fire unless… W 1) Someone has called the fire department; and 2) You still have a clear exit; and 3) You have the right tools and know exactly D what to do. M P Remember, things can be replaced, but you cannot. R Q A The chimney’s too short, so fireplace sparks could easily reach J Lightning arresters can be a worthwhile investment for R Have your furnace checked and cleaned regularly. the second-storey roof or blow through an open window. houses on high ground or in exposed locations. A clean, properly-adjusted furnace is safer and saves B Inspect and clean chimney flues regularly, especially when K Only fire-rated doors with automatic closers should connect fuel. Don’t interfere with the draft hood or damper. Learn the ABCs of your burning oil, coal or wood. garages with living areas. S Don’t dry laundry next to a furnace! It creates a fire hazard. fire extinguishers C This old flue access should be covered with the same material L A properly wired light fixture and switch is a better solution T Watch that extension cords don’t run under the carpet. Fire extinguishers can save lives and property when they as the rest of the chimney or filled in with concrete. to a temporary extension cord arrangement. A better solution might be more wall outlets. are used to put out a small fire or to contain it until D A fireplace screen will keep sparks from smouldering on the M There are safer places to store gasoline! Never store more U Candles are pretty, but they should never be firefighters arrive. Before you begin to fight a small fire, floor and carpet. than you need in a month. Apart from being dangerous, left unattended. make sure that everyone has left the building and that stored gasoline goes stale and gummy. the fire department has been called. Have your back to E Never exceed recommended bulb wattage. The wattage label V A wastebasket next to the stove is definitely not a an accessible exit so you won’t be trapped, and be sure is usually on the inside of the shade. N Old newspapers stacked next to a gas can under a dangling good idea. that the fire extinguisher is in good working order before light bulb? This is a good recipe for a fire. trying to use it. F An electrical shock could render you unconscious and unable W Pot handles should be turned inward over the stove. to escape a fire. Ground-fault interrupters are a good idea in O Correct fuses or breakers? Enough circuits? (Check aluminum Your fire extinguisher must fit the fire: X Always clean grease from the range hood and fan filters. bathrooms (and are compulsory in new construction). wiring occasionally, even if it has been correctly installed.) Y Ensure that curtains on kitchen windows don’t blow • “A” is for ordinary combustibles such as wood, G Never smoke in bed. P Dry leaves and rubbish should never be allowed to accumu- paper and plastic. Never use this type of extinguisher over the burner! late next to the outer wall of the house, on a grease or electrical fire. H An attic full of junk is a definite no-no! Never give fire a place especially if the cladding is wood. Z Be careful not to leave the iron plugged in. • “B” is for flammable liquids like gasoline, grease, to start. Q Solvents and rubbish stored close to the furnace? Don’t be oil paint, and flammable gas. I Where are the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors? • “C” is for live electrical wiring and devices. an “accidental arsonist.” It is important they be installed outside bedrooms. Carbon monoxide poisoning is the number one cause of accidental There is also an “ABC” fire extinguisher, which can poisoning in North America. be used on all types of fires. Apartments and fire Know the fire extinguisher PASSword Break the fire triangle Maintain smoke alarms and carbon There are some special fire-protec- • PULL the pin. Most fires need heat, oxygen and fuel. monoxide detectors tion tips for apartment buildings. • AIM low. Break the triangle at any point and Smoke alarms and carbon monox- All tenants have a you’ll extinguish the fire. ide detectors save lives, but an • SQUEEZE the handle. duty to keep stairways clear alarm or a detector with a dead or OX (1) Cooling removes heat. AT and emergency exits unblocked. • SWEEP from side to side, YG missing battery, or one that is HE keeping the extinguisher aimed EN Never use an elevator during a (2) Smothering removes oxygen. wired to a switched circuit, is fire, because the elevator shafts at the base of the fire. (3) Removing combustible mate- worse than none at all, because it can become full of hot gases, and rial removes fuel. builds a false sense of security. If your clothes catch fire... FUEL the elevator controls can quit or mal- Smoke alarms and carbon monox- function. Also, the doors could open • Stop where you are. Don’t fan the flames by running. Plan your exit ide detectors should be installed outside bedrooms and on onto a hall full of flames and smoke. • Drop to the ground. Make an escape plan. Practice fire drills. Every member of each additional level of the home, including the basement. • Roll over and over in a rug, blanket or coat to smother your household (babysitters too) should know the exits and Avoid placing them near bathrooms, heating appliances, Know where the fire alarms are and learn the locations of the flames. Protect your face with your hands how to use them. Try to think of two ways out of every room windows and ceiling fans. Keep alarms and detectors clear fire extinguishers and hoses. Never toss a lit cigarette from or a damp cloth. of your home. Remember, keys to double-cylinder door of dust, and never paint them. Remember to test your a balcony, because it could blow into an open window below. locks should be easily reached. Learn your fire-emergency smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly by And never barbecue on a balcony – it’s too dangerous. Be careful; be prepared telephone number and keep it handy to the phone. Program pressing the test button. Never use rechargeable batteries, If there’s a fire, feel the hall door before opening it. If it’s hot, No home is immune to fire. Although preventing fires that number into your phone, if you can. It is usually best, because they can quit without warning. Change the batter- leave it shut. If smoke is entering under the door, plug the is preferable to fighting them, you should always be however, to get out of a burning building immediately and ies in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors gap with wet towels. And remember, because smoke usually prepared for the worst. Use a multi-purpose, listed fire extin- phone for help from a safer location. Give your fire depart- in the spring and fall when you adjust your clocks. rises, it may be easier to breathe at floor level, at an open guisher that is right for your kitchen. Fire extinguishers must ment early warning, because a small blaze can become a window, or out on a balcony. If you do leave the apartment, only be used on small, contained fires. major fire in minutes. If seniors are often home alone, be sure to close the door behind you, and leave windows advise them to subscribe to an emergency alarm service. closed too. Never allow the fire to get between you and the exit!