Fire safety: test your knowl­edge

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How would you re­act if a fire broke out in your home? Are you well pre­pared to act fast? To find out if you could bet­ter pro­tect your loved ones and be­long­ings, test your fire safety smarts with this short quiz.

True or false?

1. A smoke de­tec­tor should ide­ally be re­placed ev­ery 15 years.

False. Smoke de­tec­tors gen­er­ally have a 10-year life­span.

2. The ma­jor­ity of fire-re­lated deaths are caused by smoke in­hala­tion.

True

3. The ma­jor­ity of fire-re­lated deaths oc­cur at night.

True. Hence, the im­por­tance of hav­ing sev­eral func­tion­ing alarms in the home.

4. Smoke takes at least five min­utes to spread through­out a home.

False. Smoke can spread through­out the home in only three min­utes. Make sure to have an evac­u­a­tion plan in place, and prac­tice it.

5. One smoke alarm in the home is suf­fi­cient to warn oc­cu­pants of a po­ten­tial fire.

False. It’s rec­om­mended to in­stall at least one smoke de­tec­tor on each floor of the home, in­clud­ing the base­ment.

6. The best way to put out a cook­ing fire is with wa­ter.

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.

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. True

8. Por­ta­ble fire ex­tin­guish­ers are only ef­fec­tive against small, re­cently started fires.

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.

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