Stay Fire Safe This Cottage Season

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Smoke Alark for Alberta Cottages

Nothing beats a summer at the cottage when there's plenty of family and friends around. However, fun-in-the-sun exploits can be short lived if the proper precautions aren't taken.

To help vacationers enjoy their vacations without having to worry about filing a home insurance claim, fire experts and the Insurance Bureau of Canada offer some helpful suggestions.

Fire alarms not only save lives, but are the law in Alberta as well as every other province in Canada. All too often, though, homeowners forget to maintain their smoke detectors by failing to check them. Once a month, press the "test" button that's mounted on the alarm. This should signal a noise indicating it works. Additionally, have a spare set of batteries available so that they can be replaced if necessary.

Adhering to fire safety rules is paramount, especially when cooking. IBC and fire marshals emphasize that when something is cooking on stovetops, someone should remain in the kitchen at all times. Boiling water can easy bubble over pots, resulting in flame from the burner that may cause a fire.

For additional home safety tips at the cottage, visit the website of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency.