When I was wee I had regular nightmares. It was really bad actually, and my sleep was very disrupted (as was my mom’s) for years. I had nightmares about monsters and drowning, and sometimes about wild animals. But a lot of them were about fires. I don’t remember ever experiencing a real fire (beyond those contained safely in our fireplace or campfire pit), but I often dreamt of our house burning down or of a fire in the woods surrounding our property. Maybe it was the fact the we essentially lived in a forest, coupled with all those Smokey the Bear ads that did it. But I’ve always been very conscious of the dangers of fire. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, so long as it doesn’t become debilitating. For the record, I still burn candles, but I tend towards ones in glass jars.
October 6-12th marks Fire Prevention Week across Canada, and, being a partner of the Canadian Fire Services, Duracell wants to help keep families safe. Here are some tips they’ve asked me to share with you:
- Plan: Map out the best way to escape in the event of a fire emergency. Be sure to go over the plan with your family and even create a special day each year where you all practice your fire drill. This way, you and your family can be prepared if a fire should occur.
- Unplug: Dont overload electrical outlets with too many plugs from your electronics. If your devices arent in use, check that theyre turned off and unplugged from their outlet. Also, when buying your devices, look for approval by a recognized listed agency like the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
- Clean: Make sure your chimney and fireplace are cleaned annually to prevent a chimney fire from occurring. If you own a space heater, keep in a clear area so that there are no flammable items around.
- Focus: Cooking is the number one cause of house fires, so its essential that you never leave food thats cooking on a stovetop unattended. Always monitor whatever youre cooking, and make sure that your cooking space is clear of any objects.
- Replace: Fire detectors are crucial for notifying you if a fire emergency should occur, which is why its important to replace batteries. Test your alarm each month, and be sure to replace your Duracell batteries with the NEW Quantum battery every fall when you turn back your clocks.
To celebrate the launch of the NEW Quantum battery, Duracell has announced the donation of one million batteries to first responders across North America. Duracell Canada is working with the Canadian Volunteer Fire Services (CVFSA) to ensure that the batteries are being distributed to those fire stations most in need. These batteries will be used in life-saving breathing apparatus, location tracking devices, flashlights and will also be distributed during community outreach programs. The Quantum batteries have Duralock Power Preserve technology, guaranteed for 10 years in storage. They are also the only battery with PowerCheck, allowing you to instantly check the power level at any time. No more guessing!
Our clocks will fall back in just a few weeks, on November 3. Be sure to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and home alarm sensors as well. The time change is a great reminder for this essential safety task. And maybe that will be a good weekend to have a discussion with your family about your own fire safety plan for your home. Stay safe!
Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.