IBC kicks off Fire Prevention Week with its IBC Top 10 tips for preventing fires and saving lives

Toronto, ON (Oct. 6, 2015) – To help launch this year’s Fire Prevention Week, Insurance Bureau of Canada is reminding Canadians about its top 10 tips for preventing fires and saving lives.

This year’s theme is “Hear The Beep When You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”

“Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11pm and 7am,” said Doug DeRabbie, Director, Government Relations, IBC. “This Fire Prevention Week we are asking Ontarians to make sure they have working smoke alarms in place to keep their families safe.”

“While wildfire was a significant threat over the summer months, in the fall and winter months, house fires become more prevalent,” said Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western and Pacific, IBC. “In fact, data shows that, on average, home fires account for 30% of all fires and 73% of all fire-related deaths in Canada. This Fire Prevention Week, follow the steps below to help prevent a fire in your home – it could save a life.”

IBC’s Top 10 tips for preventing fires and saving lives:

1. Install and regularly check smoke alarms.

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of your home. Larger homes may need more alarms.
  • Remove dust, check batteries when the clocks change in the spring and fall, test regularly and replace at least every 10 years.

2. Create an emergency preparedness plan for your family.

  • Develop an emergency preparedness plan and fire evacuation plan, practise executing it and stick to the plan in an emergency.

3. Frequently inspect and clean chimney flues.

  • Ensure there is no blockage or buildup that could cause a fire.

4. Install proper light bulbs.

  • Never use light bulbs with a higher wattage than the maximum indicated on the fixture.

5. Monitor heated appliances and decor.

  • Properly use and watch portable heaters, ensure lint is removed from the dryer, never leave an iron unattended and keep an eye on burning candles.

6. Be careful when cooking.

  • Use your kitchen safely, especially when deep-frying or cooking with flammable oils.

7. Properly store flammable materials.

  • Keep gasoline, solvents, waste and other materials that could ignite at a distance of at least 10 meters from your home.

8. Remove dry leaves and debris.

  • Keep leaves, other dry materials and potentially flammable garbage away from the exterior of your house, especially if you have wood or vinyl siding.

9. Prepare and update a home inventory.

  • Make a list of what you own, including the value of each item; take photos or make a video of your belongings; and update the list regularly.

10. Assemble a disaster safety kit.

  • Prepare a basic kit of food, water and other necessities that will last at least 72 hours in the event of an emergency.


IBC’s Top 10 Tips for Preventing Fires and Savings Lives

About Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties.

P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 118,000 Canadians, pays $6.7 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $48 billion.

For more information, visit IBC online at www.ibc.ca. If you have a question about home, auto or business insurance, contact IBC’s Consumer Information Centre at 1-844-2ask-IBC.

SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada