TORONTO, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Each year in Canada, fire and carbon
monoxide (CO) leads to loss of life and property caused by
malfunctioning or improperly used smoke and CO detectors and
fuel-burning appliances. Many of these tragedies might have been
prevented by simple safety checks. As many Canadians plan to turn on
their heating appliances for the first time as Daylight Savings Time
ends, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) gives tips on how to prevent
fires and CO from becoming a danger in your home.
"As Daylight Savings Time ends, making the time to create a safety
checklist that includes reminders like replacing batteries in your CO
and smoke detectors, is a wise investment that will help keep families
safe at a minimal cost," says Ralph Palumbo, Vice-President Ontario,
Here are a few home safety tips for this time of year:
Check and maintain your smoke detectors. Replace batteries at least twice a year to coincide with Daylight
Savings Time changes.
Review your family's emergency plan, or create one for the first time.
Hold a meeting with family members to explain what to do and where to
go in case of an emergency.
Check your first aid kit and replace missing supplies.
Have your fuel-burning appliances including oil and gas furnaces, gas
water heaters, gas ranges, ovens and fireplaces inspected by a trained
professional at the beginning of every heating season.
Have a professional make certain that your vents and chimneys are
connected, in good condition, and not blocked.
Choose appliances that vent their fumes to the outside whenever
possible, have them properly installed, and maintain them according to
Install a CO detector on every floor of your home. Do not install CO
detectors near windows or vents, bathrooms, heating or fuel-burning
appliances or smoke alarms.
When choosing a CO alarm, look for the CSA Blue Flame mark and the
reference "CSA 6.19-01" - the most up-to-date Canadian standard.
CO alarms should be installed as per manufacturer's instructions.
Remember to test your CO alarm and smoke alarm once a month by pushing
the test button on the unit.
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member companies represent 90% of the property and casualty (P&C)
insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over
118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal,
provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of
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SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada
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