The Truth About House Fires
Reader's Digest Canada|November 2020
The Truth About House Fires
Anna-Kaisa Walker

1 Four in 10 fatal house fires occur between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most residents are asleep. “Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every storey and outside every sleeping area,” says Ryan Betts, spokesperson for the Office of the Fire Marshal of Ontario.

2 Test smoke alarms monthly. “Vacuum around the alarm to clear any dust that could block the smoke sensor,” says Betts. Replace the battery twice a year and replace the alarm itself by its expiry date.

3 Closing your bedroom door while you sleep may help firefighters save your life. “A bedroom with a closed door will heat up to 37 C, versus 500 C outside the door,” says Cynthia Ross Tustin, president of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs.


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November 2020