Fire safety: test your knowledge
How would you react if a fire broke out in your home? Are you prepared to act fast? Test your fire safety smarts with this quiz.
True or false
1. A smoke detector should ideally be replaced every 15 years.
2. The majority of fire-related deaths are caused by smoke inhalation.
3. The majority of fire-related deaths occur at night.
4. Smoke takes at least five minutes to spread throughout a home.
5. One smoke alarm in the home is sufficient to warn occupants of a potential fire.
6. The best way to put out a cooking fire is with water.
7. Candles left unattended, placed too close to a flammable object or left within a child’s reach are a major cause of house fires.
8. Portable fire extinguishers are only effective against small, recently started fires.
1. False. Smoke detectors generally have a 10-year lifespan.
True, hence the importance of having several functioning alarms in the home.
4. False. Smoke can spread throughout the home in only three minutes.
5. False. It’s recommended to install at least one smoke detector on each floor of the home, including the basement.
6. False. Never try to put out a kitchen fire with water. Instead, smother the flames by placing a lid over the burning pot or pan. True.
True. Portable fire extinguishers should only be used if the room isn’t already filled with smoke and if you’re still safe from harm.