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Top 10 Causes of House Fires in Canada!

10 common ways of preventing house fires in Canada

Written by MKTLIST Blog Team Published On : December 05, 2017 2803
Top 10 Causes of House Fires in Canada!

The causes behind house fires in Canada are quite evident and so are the ways to prevent them. But you need to know them in order to avoid.

So, check out our list of 10 common ways of preventing house fires in Canada:

Cooking Equipment


One of the most common type of house fire is from cooking equipment. Overheating of pans and pots could lead to fire in no time. So be very careful while cooking. Some people have the habit of using cell phones and leaving kitchen when food is on the stove. This is one reason of house fire. Avoid keeping dish towels and paper towels near stove because these items easily catch fire.

Heating Equipment


Get your heating equipment checked by a qualified technician. Try to clean your chimney and furnaces annually to avoid the risk of fire. Moreover, you need to be very careful when using portable heaters, keep it away from curtains and clothes. Don’t dare to use it for drying shoes and clothes. And never forget to install a carbon monoxide alarm to alert you for hazardous gases.

Smoking


People often forget to snuff their cigarettes in drowsiness from drinking. And even a single cigarette could be the cause of great fire. Always use deep ashtrays and never put it near combustible items. Try not to smoke in your bedroom because you are more likely to be at your ease and could forget extinguishing your cigarette.

Electrical Equipment


Be very vigilant while using electrical equipment like toaster, microwave, iron, water heaters etc.

  1. Don’t use electronic appliances with unraveled cords and plugs.
  2. Avoid plugging many cords at a time.
  3. Avoid putting wires under rugs or furniture.
  4. Do not over use any extension. Always prefer an experienced electrician who could install a proper electrical system.
  5. Make sure that your electrical appliances don’t have loose or frayed cords/plugs

Candles


We light candles and often forget to blow them off before leaving. Avoid keeping them near combustible items. These days, fire candles are also common in birthday parties. Avoid doing snow sprays near them as they could lead to fire too.

Fire Games


Children are always curious and take fire as fun. But it shouldn’t be the case. Let them know how dangerous it is. You need to keep an eye on their play. Check out their toys and make sure there isn’t sulphur smell in their rooms.

Inadequate Wiring


Some old houses and apartments have poor wiring which cause and electrical hazard. Below are some alerts which if happening then you need to take things seriously.

  • Disconnection of one appliance to use another one
  • Extensive use of extension cords or “octopus” outlets
  • Constant tripping of breakers and blowing of fuses.
  • When switching on lights, the other lit ones become dim

Flammable Liquids


Some liquids and materials are flammable and if not handled properly can ignite or explode. Clear precautions are given on some flammable solvents, paints, adhesives, cleaning agents; thinners etc. First thing, store them in a cool place. High temperature can these to ignite or explode in just seconds.

Christmas Trees and Decorations


Don’t put lights with frayed plugs and cords on Christmas trees. Avoid placing candles near them. Keep the decorated trees away from all types of heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators etc.

Barbecues


As part of upkeep, check out all pipelines for leaks by soap water and see if there are bubbles formed from the gas. Use grills away from your house. Make the cleaning of barbecues and gas pipelines a part of your regular cleaning process in order to avoid risks of house fire.

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