Having your home burn down may be a stressful time, from having to call friends and family, work for time off, to finding a new home and calling your insurance company – these are all added on stress to the current situation that is unavoidable. The following guide will look at proactive steps to take to avoid a future home fire, resources you can reach out to for support, and common causes of home fires.
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If your home has been a victim of a recent house fire or destroyed by mother nature, the following are some simple tips and tricks to avoid another house fire moving forward in your new home.
#1: Test Your Smoke Detectors Regularly – One of the best ways to catch smoke early, keep family safe, and can be installed on every floor.
#2: Frequently Inspect Your Heating Equipment – Give your home an annual or semi0annual checkup for furnace condition and turning off portable heating systems when not in use.
#3: Keep Fire Extinguishers Handy – one in the kitchen, basement, garage, or every floor if possible.
#4: Practice Fire Safety in the Kitchen – Watch over cooking pots and pans, and that you turn off the stove after each use.
#5: Maintain All Your Electrical Cords – keep cords tidy and never tangled up behind the tv.
#6: Check Your Dryer for Proper Air Flow – Lint build-up can be removed as easily as after every use to avoid clogging the machine and preventing efficiency.
#7: Store Flammable Products Responsibly – Household goods such as aerosol cans, and other flammable or combustible items should be placed in a safe, cool, and dry place.
#8: Use Your Fireplace Safely – Never leave it unattended and make sure it is completely put out and has a safety barrier.
#9: Be Careful When Using Candles – Such as blowing out unused candles when you leave the room before you go to bed, and never around pets and small children.
#10: Prevent Outdoor Fires – Such as clearing out dry leaves, watering fire pits, and always watching the BBQ.
After a home fire, it is a devastating event for you, your family, and maybe you experience some type of loss, stress, anger, and feeling of distress. Post-home fire, you may need assistance in recovering back to some normal life. The below are some resources:
Notify family and friends, employer, Canada Post, bank, schools, subscription services, and utility providers for water, gas, telephone, internet, and cable.
Toronto Public Health can also assist you with support at 416-338-7600
Toronto Distress Centers – confidential helpline available 24 hours providing emotional support, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and linkage to emergency help when necessary.
Daily Bread Food Bank at 416-203-0050
Salvation Army - Offers emergency housing, transportation, food, clothing, emotional and spiritual support, both in the response and recovery phase
Canadian Red Cross - Provides emergency lodging, food, clothing, and personal services for 72 hours) 416-480-2500
And look for a more ongoing home to pack, clean, and survey the area with contractors.
Home Fires – Common Causes
Home fires are unfortunate and can be caused by numerous reasons, depending on the state of your current home to unexpected natural disasters. Listed above are some proactive actions you can take to ensure your home is safe, and below we will list some of the most common causes to look out for as a homeowner.
Beware of the kitchen cooking space, heating systems, smoking or candles in bedrooms, electrical equipment, curious children and home pests, faulty wiring, barbeques, flammable liquids and cans, and lighting fixtures.
If you need help deciding on where to start your home renovation and how to choose the right contractor, take a look at Avalon Suites Yorkville Guide: What To Know Before Your Home, Bedroom, Bathroom, Kitchen Renovation.
If you are planning to stay with us at Avalon Suites Toronto, we are at 155 Yorkville Avenue. From Avalon Suites Yorkville it is only a 7-minute walk to public transportation like accessing the underground trains from Bay Station for Line 2 or St. George Station for Line 1.
There are also many advantages to staying with Avalon Suites Yorkville. Each of our suites comes with a fully furnished kitchen with kitchen appliances such as a microwave, stovetop, fridge, freezer, kettle, toaster, and Nespresso machine. Suites also have an in-suite washer and dryer, a Smart Tv, and complimentary Wi-Fi, access to a gym and fitness Centre, conference room, and concierge service.
Avalon Suites Yorkville
More than a hotel room, Avalon Suites have more than 2x the space and are fully furnished. In Avalon Suites, you will be able to find amenities not available in a hotel room. Such as a cooking stovetop, fridge and freezer, dishwasher, toaster, Nespresso machine, and microwave. Need to do laundry? We also have an in-suite 2-in-1 washer and dryer for your convenience. Avalon Suites offers more than just a fully stocked kitchen, staying with us includes access to a fitness center and gym, concierge service, and meeting facilities. Suites also have sweeping views of city views of Yorkville, Toronto, modern furniture, and friendly working spaces. Including complimentary wi-fi, smart tv with access to cable, Netflix, YouTube, Prime, and more.
Located within walking distance to Wholefoods, Avalon Suites is perfect for your employee corporate relocation. You can make grocery shopping trips and cook up meals in your kitchen just like if you were at home. If you are not in the mood to cook, Yorkville is surrounded by several takeout's and dine-in restaurants, check out our blog Best Restaurants for Takeout Near our Short-term Rentals for more. And looking for an experience while you are in Toronto and want to explore? Look at our blog Things to do Around Bloor-Yorkville for local tourist destinations to visit on your days off.
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