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2017 Fire Safety Guide & Checklist

March 31 2017

This info-graphic has all the information you need to make sure your fire safety checklist is in order for 2017.  There have been some updates and links added.

 


Don't Trip Up - Senior Citizen Fire Hazards in the Home

March 13 2017

Don’t Trip Up – Senior Citizen Fire Safety Hazards in the Home

Senior Citizen Fire Safety

by Jessica Walter

Adults over the age of 65 are at high risk of injury or fatality from a fire started in the home. Between 2006 and 2015, those over 65 made up 37% of all fire-related fatalities in Canada, with 42% of these individuals being between the ages of 70 and 79. Many of these fires began during the night when the individual is less likely to catch the fire in time or is unable to escape before it spreads. Prevention is the best way for seniors to stay fire-safe at home. The following common hazards are things you may want to remove or stop doing in your home to avoid starting a blaze.

Cooking Without Assistance

Forgetting that you have left something in the oven, or on the stove is a common fire hazard for the elderly. There is also a risk that you will fall asleep while cooking alone, thereby causing a fire. Setting a timer that vibrates or rings when you cook can remind you that something is on the stove. Alternatively, having your meals delivered or using a microwave to heat food can reduce this risk.

Smoking

Smoking is the main cause of fires in the homes of senior adults and 26% of fatalities are the result of smoking related fires. There are various ways to protect yourself or your loved one from this, including banning smoking in the home altogether. Ashes in ashtrays can be soaked with water before leaving the home or going to sleep. It may also be wise to avoid smoking in rooms with lots of materials which could catch fire easily or, better still, encourage quitting.

Blocked Pathways and Exits

Fire hazards can also include anything which blocks your means of escape. Items lying on stairwells could result in a fall which could, in turn, leave you injured and unable to escape a blaze. Putting general senior safety measures in place could help save you from a fire such as creating a clear path to an exit free of obstructions. Mobility issues may make getting to the exit more difficult, so ensure there is space for your mobility scooter, walking support or wheelchair.

Ask a family member or friend to help you get your home fire safe if you struggle to move items yourself or suffer from a disability. Taking these steps could save your life.

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Saver Emergency Breathing unit in my car?

January 30 2017

Why should I have a Saver Emergency Breathing unit in my car?

 

There are may great reasons to have a Saver in your house. From toxic fumes, to smoke from a fire. Saver is a great device that lets you breath so you can get out alive and away from harmful CO2, Smoke and toxic gasses.

But did you know you can carry it in your car for emergencies as well. A few twitter followers have mentioned that they keep a device in their car for emergencies. With issues like toxic smog, black alerts and dealing with toxic fumes during a highway collision Saver is a great quick solution for all of these.

Since Saver is a small portable device you can easily place it in your arm rest storage or a glove compartment. Within seconds you can open and use the Saver Unit for you or your car occupants. Four units are compact enough that they fit in most arm rest storage's in most cars.


What if - trapped in a room during a fire

January 16 2017

What can you do if you become trapped in a room during a fire?

The worst case scenario happens and you are trapped in a bedroom during a fire....

Now what???

First off, never ignore a smoke alarm that has sounded.  React immediately.

If there is visible smoke, get as low to the floor as possible.  Smoke and toxic gases rise in air, so staying low is imperative. Now would be the time to grab the bedside "saver" and use as directed. Avoid inhaling toxic gases by staying low. If able to exit the room, crawl to stay low and get to the easiest means of egress possible.

Always test the closed door for heat, if the door is hot to touch that means the fire and smoke is likely to dangerous to open the door.

If unable to exit the room due to fire conditions. Keep the door closed and try to limit smoke entering the room by blocking the cracks under the door with towels, bed sheets or anything else that would work.  Open a window and shout for help, so others know where you are and that you are trapped.

If your clothes ever catch fire remember to STOP, DROP, and ROLL.
Stop immediately, drop to the ground, and then roll over or back and forth to extinguish the flames.

Discuss these actions with your family and have a plan if a fire ever happens.  Being prepared can be the difference when seconds count!

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Austin Noble


The fire hazards of Christmas Trees.

December 22 2016

Christmas is a nice time of the year, and people are in a happy and festive mood.
We all love sitting by the tree and enjoying the ambience that is Christmas.

Christmas trees are great, and there is no reason not to have one. Let's just be aware of the fire hazards that can accompany them and prepare ourselves to be "fire" smart!

Dry tree's can become a fire hazard if exposed to a source of heat or fire, and can become extremely flammable.

So first thing to do is to ensure you buy a fresh tree and ensure the trunk of the tree is freshly cut and then in water at all times. Then be sure to water your tree daily.

-Ensure your tree is set up away from the fireplace and radiators. Not only is the fireplace a hazard as a possible ignition source, but heat sources can dry out your tree faster and in turn make it more susceptible to ignition.

-Always make sure that lights going on the tree and anywhere in your house are checked for damage and/or fraying. If the set appears to be damaged, replace them as we do not want an electrical short to start a fire. Use only CSA approved lights.

-Christmas time brings chilly weather with it. Ensure that any space heaters are a safe distance away from the tree and any other potential fire hazards like curtains and presents.

If purchasing an artificial tree look for the label "Fire Resistant." Though this does not guarantee the tree won't catch fire, it does mean the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.

When decorating the tree never use lighted candles, and look for non-combustible and flame resistant decorations.

Lastly in this day and age it shouldn't be relevant, however if there are any smokers in the house ensure that there are no ashtrays near the tree and that any smoking is done a safe distance away from the tree.
The below clip shows just how fast a dry Christmas tree can become fully involved in fire.

There is no need to be scared of enjoying a Christmas tree this year, however following these tips can help ensure that we all have a safe and happy Holiday Season.

Wishing you all the best from Saver, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Post Fire Dangers

December 13 2016
t's very important for people to realize that in the event of a fire, the hazards are not always gone once the fire is put out. Toxic gases that continue to smoulder are a real danger.  Even if the smoke appears to be gone, toxic products of combustion likely still exist in dangerous concentrations and can be very harmful to your body. 
Carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen cyanide (HCN) are common toxic gases found, but countless others are often now found in today's modern homes. Also other non toxic airborne particles will be floating around in the air that we would not want to introduce into our respiratory system. 
Furthermore, there will likely be physical damage to the structural components of your home. Possible damage to the floors and ceiling can cause them to weaken and become a dangerous concern. Not to mention debris like broken glass, nails, and other "sharp" hazards can cause harm. 
Access to a home after a fire should only be made once the fire department has finished air monitoring, and deemed it safe to enter.

Saver lets you breath during a house or condo fire

December 07 2016

When fire breaks out, escaping a burning building can be a herculean task. Breathing becomes difficult, vision is obscured, panic supersedes clear thinking, and safety can seem so far away. Introducing the Saver emergency breath system. 

Saver is an innovative, emergency breath system that combines a breathing device, an alarm and a flashlight in a compact, simple-to-use design that can better mobilize an individual in the event of a fire and help one escape safely. 

Winner of the prestigious “Best of the Best” Red Dot product design award in 2013, beating out more than 11,000 submissions from 61 countries, the emergency breath system filters the toxic chemical substances produced by a fire for up to five minutes. Breathing clearly, users can arm themselves with a special LED flashlight that penetrates heavy smoke, enabling them to find their way out in a hurry. 

Time is of the essence. A fire’s toxic gases can incapacitate within minutes by reducing oxygen levels, making thinking and co-ordination even more difficult. The emergency breath system acts as a personal life-saving device, eliminating roughly 92% of toxins. Saver can be activated within five seconds and a triple filter keeps breathing passages clear of hazardous gases, airborne particles and carbon monoxide – a leading cause of death. The emergency breath system can provide peace of mind to its user, who will have more control during the evacuation process. 


Change your summer fire escape plan for winter now.

December 06 2016

Its winter time and with the change of the seasons comes updating your wardrobe and getting ready for winter.

One items that is overlooked many times is making sure you have updated your escape plan in case of a fire. Do you have an emergency bag in your car if you need to flee ? What are you going to do if you are snowed in?

Some suggestions:

  • Check your alarms and batteries
  • Check your saver units and practice how to use them 
  • Check your extinguisher
  • Make sure to pack extra clothes in your car, in a bag. 
  • Make sure your path out of the house and secondary path have jackets and shoes ready.
  • Keep the front of your door de iced - you dont want to fall while escaping
  • Once out of the house stay warm, go to a neighbor

Its a start but each house and condo need their own plan.

 


Smoke and toxins from house fires.

November 26 2016
Did you know?

Smoke is made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles produced when materials burn. The biggest health threat from smoke comes from fine particles. These microscopic particles can get into your respiratory system, where they can cause health problems and illnesses such as bronchitis. Fine particles can also aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases and have even been linked to premature deaths in people with these conditions.

We all know what smoke is, but how does it harm us?

The simple answer is that it contains toxic gases that can be deadly.
The most common, carbon monoxide (CO), can be deadly even in small quantities as it replaces oxygen in the bloodstream. Todays modern materials are great and have given us choice and convenience.

However with these modern materials come a plethora of chemicals and more toxicity especially once these materials burn. Hydrogen cyanide results from the burning of plastics, such as PVC pipe, and interferes with cellular respiration. Phosgene is formed when household products, such as vinyl and other synthetic materials are burned.

At high levels Phosgene can cause pulmonary edema and death.
We all have these materials in todays modern household, so let's be prepared if the worst ever does happen.

The Saver has proven technology that can remove these toxins and prevent them from entering into our respiratory system.

In case of fire - Flashlight and Alarm additions

November 22 2016

Did you know our 2 unit Saver set and our Saver 4 unit set come with a flashlight and alarm. The Flashlight helps you see during a fire, while the alarm alerts people to where you are. Check them out