07 November 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Toronto Apartment Living: Fire Safety Tips for Tenants

Nearly all home fires are preventable. If you are renting in Toronto do make sure that you take every possible precaution to stop fires from starting. While your landlord must maintain the property to statutory fire-safety standards, it is your responsibility to make sure you do not introduce any fire hazards in the way you use the apartment.

Here is a list of things you can do to keep yourself and your room-mates or family safe when living in a Toronto rental.

Heating: Make sure baseboard heaters are not in contact with furniture or curtains. Portable heaters should be at least 3 feet from bedding or furniture and should be plugged directly into the wall, not into an extension cord. Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or before you go to bed. Ensure that your portable heater has an automatic shutoff feature to turn it off if it tips over.

Electricity: Use as few extension cords and plug adapters as possible and avoid tacking extension cords to walls, or running them under rugs, or through doorways. Unplug small appliances, like toasters, when you are not using them.

General housekeeping: Keep matches and lighters away from children and store paint, varnish, and other flammable liquids in strong metal containers in a cool place. Dispose of ashes from fireplaces and barbecues in metal containers. Only light candles when someone is around to keep watch on them and make sure they are placed in sturdy containers and positioned away from anything flammable.

In the kitchen: Never leave cooking unattended. If there is a grease fire, the best thing you can do is put a lid on it at once. Do not try to use flour or water to extinguish the fire. Clean the stove and toaster regularly to prevent grease and crumb build up

‰Smoking: If you have smokers in your Toronto apartment, make a rule that no one smokes in bed or when they are lying down.

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