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When it comes to fire
prevention, most people don’t realize how much of a risk is posed by outdoor
potted plants. Please see the VFRS fire safety messages delivered this
week on the topic:
Vaughan Fire Chief
Larry Bentley says "the elements inside your plant soil can pose a fire
risk if too dry. Indeed, a fire on a patio near Dundas Street West and
Ossington Avenue may have started in a potted plant".
Deryn Rizzi with Vaughan Fire and Rescue Service discusses how flower planters
can be a fire hazard.
Flower potts and cigarettes don't mix
fire prevention tips
Ontario's New CO Alarm Law: A Call to Action for Homeowners
Co Safety for Apartments and Condominiums - click here
· Use metal dryer ducts to help prevent dryer fires. Flexible dryer ducts made of foil or plastic are the most problematic because they can sag and let lint build up at low points. Ridges can also trap lint. Metal ducts, either flexible or solid, are far safer because they don't sag, so lint is less likely to build up. In addition, if a fire does start, a metal duct is more likely to contain it.
· No matter which kind of duct you have, you should clean it regularly. In addition, remove the visible lint from the lint screen each time you use your dryer. This not only will reduce the risk of a fire, but your clothes will dry faster and your dryer will use less energy. If dryer film is a worry, there is certainly no harm in occasionally cleaning the lint filter with warm soapy water and a small brush.
· Clean inside, behind, and underneath the dryer, where lint can also build up.
· Take special care drying clothes stained with volatile chemicals such as gasoline, cooking oils, cleaning agents, or finishing oils and stains. Wash the clothing more than once to minimize the amount of these chemicals on the clothing, and line dry instead of using a dryer.
· Avoid using liquid fabric softener on all-cotton clothing made of fleece, terry cloth, or velour. In our flammability tests, liquid fabric softener added to rinse water accelerated the burning speed of these fabrics. If you want a softener, use dryer sheets instead.
· Buy dryers that use moisture sensors rather than ordinary thermostats to end the auto-dry cycle. Thermostats can allow the dryer to run longer than necessary.
· Occasionally wipe the sensor with a soft cloth or cotton ball and rubbing alcohol to keep it functioning accurately. Sensors are usually located on the inside of the dryer, just below the door opening, and can be hard to find. They are usually two curved metallic strips, shaped somewhat like the letter "C."
6 little-known fire hazards hidden around the home
Ontario Building Code Amendment-Visual Signaling
On behalf of the Office of the Fire Chief, from our family to yours, practice your home escape plan and stay safe!
watch video (click) HOME ESCAPE PLAN