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Fall back to smart home safety

October 30, 2012

(NC)—As most Canadians turn back the clocks on November 4, here are some timely smoke and carbon monoxide safety tips:

  • You have less than three minutes to escape a fire. So when smoke alarms sound, everyone must know what to do and where to go. Having and practising an escape plan is essential.
  • Install one smoke alarm on every storey and outside bedrooms. Install inside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed.
  • Ensure all smoke alarms are fully powered. Never take out batteries or remove an alarm from ceiling due to a false alarm.
  • If your home has any fuel-burning devices such as a gas furnace, gas water heater, gas appliances, or an attached garage or carport, install at least one CSA-approved carbon monoxide outside all sleeping areas. One per storey is recommended.
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years, and CO alarms every 7-10 years (depending on manufacturer) whether battery operated or hardwired into your home's electrical system.

More home safety resources can be found on the web site.

Source:News Canada

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