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Top 10 Fire Prevention Tips For Your Home

November 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Allen Wright from HomeAlarmMonitoring.org messaged me today with this great article. We talk about fire safety in our shows and practice but what about at home??
Check out the original article at here.

A house fire is something that we all hope we never have to experience. Thousands of people die each year and many more are injured due to house fires. However, the sad reality is that most of these house fires could have been prevented. Below are 10 safety tips to help prevent or reduce the risk of a disastrous fire in your home.

1. Smoke Alarms

Fire is always preceded by smoke. Having a smoke alarm on every level of your home is one of the best defenses against a major fire. You should also check your smoke detectors at least every 2 months to see that the batteries are in place and that the unit is in good working condition.

2. Kids and Matches

Most children are naturally fascinated by the flame of matches or a cigarette lighter. If you have children in your home, you must teach them that these items are not to be played with. Make them aware how easily these items can cause a dangerous fire. You should make every effort to keep matches and cigarette lighters where children cannot reach them.

3. Cooking

Cooking accidents are one of the leading causes of house fires. Keep kitchen towels and oven mitts safely away from open flames. Avoid wearing loose clothing like scarves, ties or hanging sleeves while cooking. Also, you should make it a rule to never leave food cooking on the stove unattended.

4. Smoking

Too many fires are started every year because of careless smokers. If you have a smoker in your home, encourage them to smoke outside if possible. Otherwise, provide a sturdy ashtray and make sure lit cigarette butts are not left around. Make it a rule for smokers not to smoke while in bed or when feeling drowsy.

5. Portable Heating Units

When using portable heating units make sure they are at least 3 feet away from curtains, furniture, bedding, papers and any other flammable materials. These units should only be used on hard, level surfaces. Make sure the heating unit is in good working condition and that there are no loose or exposed coils or wires.

6. Candles

You may need to use candles when there is a power outage. Or you may just like to use candles for the beautiful glow and scent that they give to a room. In either case, make sure that they are in a secure spot away from curtains and other things that can easily catch on fire. Make sure you put the candle out if you have to leave the room for more than a few minutes, and never leave candles burning overnight while you sleep.

7. Fire Extinguishers

You should keep a portable fire extinguisher in your home. It should be kept in a place where it is easily accessible. Make sure each adult in your home knows how to use it as well as older children. Having a fire extinguisher can keep a small flame from turning into a disastrous fire that can destroy your home.

8. Electrical Fire Hazards

Be careful not to overload circuits or extension cords. If your extension cords or surge protectors are old or worn, replace them. Always pay attention to warnings that come with new electrical appliances. Cords and wires should not be placed under rugs or in high traffic areas. You should have an electrician check the electrical wiring throughout the home every two to three years.

9. Holiday Decorations

Many people like to fill their home with beautiful lights during the holiday season. However, you must think about safety when using decorations that involve electricity. To prevent fires, you should never leave decorations plugged in overnight or when you are away from home. If you decorate your home with a live Christmas tree, make sure you water it every day. A dry tree can go up in flames very quickly.

10. Fireplaces

To ensure safety, fireplaces need to be properly maintained. You should have your fireplace and chimney checked by a chimney sweep every year before use. If you use hardwood, make sure it is completely dry to prevent the buildup of creosote (a very flammable tar). Using a glass door or screen in front of your fireplace will also help avoid accidents and add extra safety.

BONUS TIP: Make an Escape Plan

Unfortunately, even after taking precautions to prevent fires, a fire may break out from an unexpected source. So your fire prevention plan should include an escape procedure. You should review this plan with every member of your family. Make sure they know the best escape routes in case a fire does occur in your home.

Setting guidelines in your home based on these fire prevention tips can surely keep your family safe.

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Banff, AB Fire Permit Information

The following are the requirements and regulations for obtaining a Fire Permit in Banff.
Cost: 0$

    1. You will be asked have a properly serviced five pound fire extinguisher on site. You may be asked to have someone designated to be on fire watch with the extinguisher durring the course of the performance.
    You will be required to submit a current, up to date copy of your fire performance insurance.
    3.You must provide a signed letter of permission for your performance from the venue.
    4.The fire marshal will dictate what a minimum safe distance is between the audience a the performance space (a minimum of 1 meter).
    5.You must keeps all fuels well labeled and away from the public.
    6.You must provide information about the fuels that will be used during the performance. (Amount and type) 

You can obtain your permit the day of your performance however it is preferred that you go a few days ahead. There is always someone available 24-7 to asset you although 9-5 weekdays are preferable. The permit can be faxes of emailed to you upon special request. 

Who to contact:
Administrative Assistant, Fraser Kirby, 403.762.1256
Fire Chief, Silvio Adamo, 403.762.1250

Fort Mcmurray, AB Fire Permit Information

Requirements and regulations for obtaining an Open Air Burn Permit (The indoor performance permit is called the “show girl” permit however it applies to poi spinners, fire eaters, fire jugglers and similar performances) in Fort Mcmurray, AB.
Cost. 35.00$

Note:
In Fort Mcmurray you will be required to obtain your permit in person at the Fire Prevention Office (317 Gregoire Drive) speak to a safety codes officer and pay by cash. You can obtain your permit the day of your performance however it is preferred that you go a few days ahead (fridays inspector are out of the office so you may have a harder time getting your permit). The following are the requirements they sent me:

SPECIAL EVENT OPEN FLAME PERMIT
In regards to all open flame permits issued to Showgirls, Teasers or any other exotic dance club, for the purposes of a candle/hot wax show, the following conditions shall apply:

– As per AFC 2006 Div. B 2.4.3.3;

Devices having open flames shall be securely supported in non-combustible holders and shall be located or protected so as to prevent accidental contact of the flame with combustible materials.

– A fire extinguisher shall be at the stage while the open flame device is being used.

– There shall be no combustible materials in the area of the open flame while the device is being used.

– Permits shall allow for a maximum of two candles on stage during the performance.

– Permits may take up to 48 hours to be issued.

This permit is issued only to the dancer applying and for the duration of their “tour” at the club. Once their “tour” is completed in the RMWB, this permit is void, and they must apply for a new one the next time they come to the RMWB. Permits shall not be issued for any type of self ignition.

Additional Info
OFFICE HOURS
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

GREGOIRE FIRE HALL
317 Gregoire Drive
Fort McMurray, AB
T9H 2K4
780 792-5504

Hope this helps :)

Edmonton AB, Fire Permit Information

In Alberta the fire code dictates specifically that fire performers requires the signed permission of the local fire marshal. This leaves lots of room for each fire department to have their own idea of what you need to provide to obtain that permission.

Requirements and regulations for obtaining an Open Burn in Edmonton, AB
Cost 0.00$

Note:
In Edmonton you want to ask for an “Open Burn” permit not Open Flame. Also the Fire Marshal will sometimes ask to see a demonstration of your act in the venue where you intend to perform.

1.You will be asked have a properly serviced five pound fire extinguisher on site and have someone who is familiar with how to use it.
2.You must provide information about the fuels that will be used during the performance. (Amount and type) 
3.You may be required to submit a current, up to date copy of your fire performance insurance if you are performing indoors or and are not covered by the venue’s insurance.
4.You must provide a signed letter of permission for your performance from the venue. 
The fire marshal will dictate what a minimum safe distance is between the audience a the performance space (a minimum of 1 meter).
5.You must keeps all fuels well labeled and away from the public.

In order to obtain your permit call Fire Prevention Officer directly at
780-496-3850 at lease 2 weeks before the event date will the details of the event. A fire marshal for the area will contact you and ask for the above information and documents. The permit can be faxes of emailed to you upon special request. 

Calgary AB, Fire Permit Information

The following are the requirements and regulations for obtaining a Fire Permit in Calgary.
It will cost you 57.25$

    1.You will be asked to carry a first aid kit, fire blanket, and five pound fire extinguisher.
    2.You will be required to submit a current, up to date copy of your fire performance insurance.
    3.You must provide a signed letter of permission for your performance from the venue.
    4.You must provide a site map of the area you will be performing demonstrating that the audience will be 15 away.
    5.You must maintains a safe distance form the audience of 15 feet.
    6.You must keeps all fuels well labeled and away from the public.
    The venue must have a working fire prevention sprinkler system.
    7.You must provide information about the fuels that will be used during the performance.
    In order to obtain your permit call 311 at least 2 weeks before the event date will the details of the event. A fire marshal for the area will contact you and ask for the above information and documents. You will be billed for the permit. I can be faxes of emailed to you upon special request.

Looking for information about Fire Permits and Regulations in your are?? The North American Fire Arts Association had done a lot of the work for you. They have a wonderful resource for cities and states all over North America.

Unfortunately the resources they have for Canada are not as full as they would like. If you have any information one regulations in your area please contact Ted at ted@bearclawmfg.com.

Hope this helps :)

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