Preventing crime and maintaining safe communities is everyone's responsibility. By practising the following personal and property safety tips, you can help reduce the incidents of crime and keep your community safe.
Deadly Fire Hazards in Your Home
- Putting heaters too close to room furnishings (drapes, furniture).
- Installing wood or coal-burning stoves too close to a wall.
- Not inspecting fuel-burning furnace flues regularly to ensure carbon monoxide is not seeping out.
- Not cleaning creosote from chimneys or fireplaces and heating stoves. Creosote can catch on fire – inspect and clean fireplaces once a year; chimneys once a month.
- Inadequate ventilation for fuel-burning heaters.
- Improper furnace maintenance.
- Improper installation of insulation. Check your home electrical system for deficiencies before installing insulation.
- Wear close-fitting sleeves while cooking. (No loose sleeves, shins, blouses or skirts that may catch fire.)
- Never leaving cooking unattended.
- Never play with matches or lighters.
- Never use gasoline to start a fire in the grill or add lighter fluid to an already started fire.
- No smoking in bed, or in a chair or on the sofa when tired, drinking, or taking medication.
- Never spray aerosols while smoking or near a space heater, range or other ignition source.
- No smoking while using a cleaning fluid, paint thinner or other flammable liquid.
- Never use a cigarette lighter after spilling flammable fluid on your hands or clothing.