Chris' Corner: 2011 Fire Prevention Week

2011 Fire Prevention Week

This week is FIRE PREVENTION WEEK.

Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace any batteries that need replacing.

But more than this, why not make up and/or review your Fire Evacuation Plan. It was news to me when I read that thirty years ago, Canadian families were told that on average, they needed 17 minutes to evacuate a burning home and to plan an exit strategy based on that.

Today, Fire Prevention Canada is reporting that we have about three minutes to get out of their homes before potential toxic gases can reach fatal levels. Synthetic materials such as siding, flooring, furniture are much more affordable, but also burn faster and are chemically "dirtier" than previously used natural counterparts.

Draw up a floor plan and make sure everyone in your home, toddlers and seniors included. Make sure everyone knows how to open a bedroom window and escape and that every room has at least two escape routes and that everyone is aware of them. Establish a meeting place outside. Post the plan in a visible place and review the plan once or twice a year.

FYI, most home fires start in the kitchen, have appropriate fire extinguishers handy.

Chris Smith CSSBB
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Comment balloon 10 commentsChris Smith • October 14 2011 08:37AM

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This is a really important topic for all of us. I am inspired to write a blog specific to the VI as we don't think of it being an issue we have to contend with often as many of the homes ar concrete, but we do have fires and there are several areas that need special consideration because of our location. Thanks,

 

 

Posted by Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life (Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com) almost 9 years ago

Van, this is a topic most people ignore... and the tragedy is the many deaths that result because of fires could be avoided... easily

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Van, Great post...thanks for sharing.

Posted by Lori Gardiner, GRI, SRS, ABR, e-PRO (RE/MAX River's Edge) almost 9 years ago

Very important advice Chris. Wow, didn't know we only had 3 minutes to 'get out'! That is not alot of time if you are not prepared.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Thank You Lori =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Al and Peggy, I was shocked at the 3 minute number... but when you think of all the "manufactured" components of a home nowadays... it is the chemicals that will get you...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Chris, My husband just replaced batteries in smoke alarms and installed CO detectors in bedrooms. This makes so much sense prior to a dire emergency, thanks for the information!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Wanda, the fire evacuation plan is something we have neglected to do... and with a seven year old son, that is not wise... I needed the reminder also.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Hi Chris~ Interesting information on the toxin levels and flammable nature of synthetic materials! I learned something new from you again today!...

Best regards from Seattle,

Posted by Judi Boad (ACCURATE REALTY GROUP) almost 9 years ago

Judi, you learned something... I was shocked... this use of man-made components has creeped up on us and now is everywhere.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

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