Facts & Tips
Did You Know?
- There is an average of 24,000 house fires a year in Canada.
- There is an average of 377 deaths and 3,048 injuries per year in Canada due to fires.
- Fires in homes account for 90 percent of deaths and 75 percent of injuries.
- In virtually all cases where there is an injury or death in a house fire, the home was not equipped with working smoke alarms.
- The three areas of the home where fires are most likely to start are the kitchen, bedrooms and living room.
The following simple measures will help protect your home and family from fire loss:
- Teach your family fire safety.
- Prepare a fire evacuation plan for your family outlining designated escape routes and a central meeting place.
- Practice your fire plan with your family.
- Install smoke alarms in your home and check regularly to make sure they are working.
- Store matches and lighters in a safe place, outside the reach of children.
- Inspect your home for areas or things that could present a fire hazard, such as overloaded electrical circuits or flammables stored in the home.
- If you operate a wood-burning appliance or fireplace in your home, make sue you’re thoroughly familiar with the safe operation and maintenance of it.
- Contact your broker to ensure you have adequate insurance coverage to protect your financial interests and obligations in the event of a fire loss to your home.