Fire extinguishers must be easily accessible at all times. If you have a two-storey home, there should be one on each floor. Remember to check your fire extinguishers at least once a year. To help you remember, make a habit of doing it when you set your clocks to daylight savings time.
In some areas, it’s a legal requirement to have smoke detectors in your home. Even if they are not, you will still want them in your home. Check the batteries at least once a year. Carbon monoxide detectors are also important to have. They will let you know if there are high levels of carbon monoxide in your home, and can save you from illness or death. To make sure that they are working properly, check them at least once a year. It’s a good idea to make a habit of checking your fire extinguishers, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at the same time.
Paper, paint, chemicals and other clutter can be a fire hazard. Make sure they are stored in a safe, cool place. If you no longer need them, hazardous materials must be disposed of at a community toxic waste centre. Never put them in the garbage.
Collect your important papers and store them in a safe place – for example, a fireproof box or a safety deposit box.
Keep a list of emergency phone numbers (including 911, poison prevention line, doctors, relative, neighbours and friends) close to the phone and make sure your children are aware of it.