Is your Home Safe?

March 8, 2018 | Posted by: Sherry Corbitt

Don’t forget to turn your clock ahead this Saturday before you go to bed for Daylight Saving Time. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2:00 a.m. The clocks will move ahead one hour to 3:00 a.m. It is a good time to ensure that your home is safe by following these home safety practices:

Smoke Alarms

Ensure that you have a working smoke alarm on each level of your home. Check the batteries in your smoke alarm at least twice a year (each time the clock changes is a good time to check the batteries in your alarm).

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers must always be easy to reach. There should be a fire extinguisher on each floor of your home (if you have more than one storey you should have more than one fire extinguisher). Replace a fire extinguisher that is 10 years or older. Remember to check your fire extinguishers at least once a year. To help you remember, it is a good thing to check when the time changes to Daylight Saving Time.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odourless, poisonous gas. Carbon monoxide detectors are important to have. They will let you know if there are high levels of carbon monoxide in your home. This can save you from illness, or even death. Check them at least once a year. This is another item to add to your list to check when the time changes to Daylight Saving Time.

Fire Hazards

Paper, paint, chemicals and other clutter can be a fire hazard. Make sure these are stored in a safe place. When you no longer need the hazardous materials, you must dispose of them at a community toxic waste centre. Never put hazardous materials into the garbage.

Valuables

Collect your papers and store them in a safe place – for example, a fireproof box, or a safety deposit box.

Emergency Numbers

Keep a list of emergency phone numbers (including 911, poison prevention line, doctors, relatives, neighbours and friends) close to the phone. Make sure your children are aware of the list.

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