As you change your clocks and change the batteries in your smoke alarms, also take stock of your family’s total protection
On average, 19 children aged 14 and under are killed by fire or smoke each year in Canada. Nearly 600 are hospitalized. Smoke alarms are a proven way to prevent injuries and death from fires.
When the clocks change, safety experts like to remind us to put fresh batteries in our smoke alarms, or if your smoke alarms are 10 years old, replace them altogether. But why not go further? To help protect your family from fire and other deadly incidents, here is a quick refresher to ensure you are safe at home.
There are two types of smoke alarms. Where you install them can play a big role in helping to reduce people's No. 1 complaint about smoke alarms: false alarms.
No matter which alarms you choose, always make sure they feature a “hush” button. Pushing this button during a confirmed non-emergency allows you to temporarily silence it for seven to 10 minutes. You can clear the air while still protected in case of a real fire.
Choose models best for your family’s needs.
Follow these tips when installing smoke alarms:
Carbon monoxide is called the “Silent Killer” because it is colourless, tasteless and odourless. It is produced by cars, gas or oil furnaces and fireplaces as well as household appliances that run on fossil fuels (wood, gas, oil or coal), such as clothes dryers, ovens, and water heaters.
CO exposure is often overlooked, since early signs resemble flu symptoms: headaches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and dizziness. Fever is not a symptom of CO poisoning.
The only way for humans to detect the presence of this deadly gas is to install a CSA-approved carbon monoxide alarm.
Another important part of CO poisoning prevention is proper maintenance of your household appliances and chimneys/venting. Always have a certified technician inspect your systems at least once annually.
CO alarms with digital displays let you see if there is any change in your home’s air quality before it reaches dangerous levels. There are also combination smoke and CO alarms, and, some models even “talk” by calling out the danger when it sounds.
Follow these tips when installing carbon monoxide alarms:
These tips help keep your alarms operating properly: