Besides a few well-known dangers, people often overlook potential fire risks in their homes. It takes just a few minutes to ensure you’re taking the proper safety precautions with everyday household items. Your insurance company can be a great source of information to safeguard your home, such as these simple tips from insurer, Aviva Canada.
When using electrical cords and extension cords:
- Check before you use. Always check cords for damage before using them. If damaged, they can spark and cause a fire.
- Invest in a high-quality power bar. If you’re using multiple small appliances and devices, choose a power bar that can handle the load. Also, never plug a power bar into another power bar.
- Don’t run cords under carpets or rugs. Doing this could cause damage to the cord and spark a fire in the rug.
- Use the right cords outdoors. Make sure all extension cords used outdoors are weatherproof and suitable for how you intend to use them.
- Look for the ULC certification. Ensure that the extension cords you use is certified by the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada.
When using a clothes dryer:
- Empty the lint trap before each load.
- Ensure the dryer vent is clear from any obstructions.
- Vacuum the exhaust hose every few months.
- Only use the dryer when someone is home.
Find more tips on home and fire safety online at avivacanada.com/blog.