The living room is a great area for family and friends to gather. It’s often the place for all things entertainment as well as a place you can sit back and relax. Since there can be so much activity in this area, it’s important to be aware of potential fire hazards.
- Always use a fire screen. Be sure it’s the correct size for the fireplace opening.
- Have your chimney cleaned and inspected annually.
- Never leave lit candles unattended.
- Smokers should check furniture for fallen cigarettes or embers. These can smolder undetected for several hours before bursting into flames.
- Extinguish in water before disposal.
- Never leave cigarettes unattended in an ashtray.
- Use safety ashtrays with a double rim and deep centre.
- Keep matches, lighters and lit candles out of reach of children.
- Do not overload electrical outlets or use extension cords in place of additional outlets.
- Replace halogen floor lamps with incandescent or fluorescent lights.
Most fatal fires happen at night when people are sleeping. It is the law for all B.C. homes to have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas.
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
- Test your smoke alarms every month.
- Change smoke alarm batteries every six months.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
- Keep bedrooms non-smoking areas.
Heating and Electrical
- Check electrical appliances regularly – electric blankets, heating pads, curling irons, radios, televisions, irons.
- Never set heavy objects on top of electric blankets that are in use.
- Don't drape scarves or clothing over lamps.
- Keep space heaters at least three feet from bedding, furniture and other flammable items.
- Don't run extension cords under rugs.
- Sleep with your bedroom door closed. If your smoke alarm sounds, feel the door before opening. If the door feels hot, use an alternate route.
- In case of a fire, have two ways to get out.
- Be sure no furniture blocks secondary exits like windows.
- Crawl low under smoke.
- Every family should have a home fire escape plan.