Fire is the most common emergency in Canada, and property losses are estimated to be in the billions each year. But, according to the Red Cross, two-thirds of Canadians admit they have not taken steps to prepare for or help prevent a fire. Rely on HD Supply for all your fire safety supplies and fire prevention products such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and more to help save lives and protect your property.
Smoking causes the most fatalities in apartment fires. Encourage outdoor smoking by providing smoking receptacles for residents, guests, and staff. Unattended cooking and heaters are two other common causes of fire. In most cases, residents forget about foods cooking on the stovetop or leave paper and clothing too close to a heater and it ignites.
According to the Red Cross, you may only have two minutes to escape a rapidly spreading fire, so it's important to be prepared. In addition to having an emergency escape plan in place, every apartment complex, hotel, healthcare facility, or business should also have working smoke alarms and fire safety supplies such as fire extinguishers and burn kits available.
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Early warning is critical to ensure everyone's safety. One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect lives and property is to install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Knowing which alarms are best for your property, where to install them, and how to maintain them is important.
Smoke alarms are an essential fire safety tool. While the fire itself is terrifying, smoke inhalation is equally as dangerous. Working smoke alarms substantially reduce the risk of injury and death.
There are two smoke alarm technologies on the market today — ionization and photoelectric. Each delivers life-saving smoke detection in different ways. Since you can't know the type of fire that will occur, installing both types of alarms will only improve fire safety preparedness. Fire protection and prevention experts do not recommend one over the other.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a leading cause of accidental poisonings in North America. If undetected and inhaled in enclosed spaces, carbon monoxide fumes can poison and kill with little or no warning in just a few minutes. Installing carbon monoxide alarms can save lives.
Sometimes called the silent killer, carbon monoxide is an odourless and tasteless invisible gas that can be fatal when inhaled. Carbon monoxide inhibits the blood's capacity to carry oxygen to the heart, brain, and other areas of the body.
Carbon monoxide is created when carbon-based fuels such as gasoline, propane, natural gas, oil, coal, and wood are burned. If fuel-burning appliances and machinery are operated indoors or in poorly ventilated areas, dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can build up. Sources that can lead to CO build-ups include:
When installed and working properly, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms help alert people to the presence of dangerous smoke and poisonous carbon monoxide gas. There are four main types of alarms available for your facility.
Even a small fire can cause a lot of damage. If your property has suffered a fire, trust HD Supply for the fire safety supplies and equipment you need to repair, replace, and rebuild.
NOTE: This information is a summary interpretation and was prepared as general reference material only. This summary is not authoritative as laws can be amended over time. For specific compliance requirements and updates, please refer to the actual code language and the statute or consult legal counsel.