BC Safety Authority promotes fire prevention week

New Westminster, BC,  October 6, 2016—BC Safety Authority (BCSA) is pleased to promote Fire Prevention Week from October 9 - 15, 2016. The theme of this Canada-wide awareness campaign is, “Don’t Wait, Check the Date – Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”

"Every year, BC Safety Authority investigates fires that occur in homes.  Smoke alarms provide critical early warning, but many of these fires are preventable through simple practices that ensure electrical equipment is safe," says Ulrich Janisch, Electrical Safety Manager at BCSA.

According to BCSA investigations, three examples of where fire can originate are portable electric heaters, bathroom fans, and power bars or extension cords. 

As we approach the cooler weather, follow these do's and don'ts when operating portable electric heaters:

  • Do ensure your heater is in good condition.
  • Don't place your heater near anything combusible, like curtains, bedding, newspapers, or laundry.

For power bars and extension cords:

  • Do look for a certification mark, like the ones on BCSA's page of approved certification marks when purchasing power bars and extension cords.
  • Do check them regularly to ensure they are in good working order and replace any damaged power bars or extension cords.
  • Don't put them in high traffic areas.
  • Don't use them on a long-term or permanent basis. They are only intended for temporary use.
  • Don't overload your extension cords or power bars.

Lastly, overheated bathroom fans can pose a hazard too:

  • Do remove dust buildup with a vacuum or soft, dry cloth.
  • Do ensure that the power is turned off before cleaning or servicing your fan.

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About BC Safety Authority
BC Safety Authority is an independant, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, it works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations
BC Safety Authority
778-396-2164
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