Cranbrook, BC (April 23, 2020) – With many people working from home using home offices, or simply physically distancing there may be an increased number of computers and other electronic devices being used. Please remember that your space may not be properly designed to supply the required electricity.
Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services reminds residents to ensure their new offices and their homes in general are safe by following these important safety tips
- A laptop battery can cause a fire. If you use a laptop on a couch or a bed, make sure the battery is vented and your laptop does not overheat. Do not leave a laptop on a bed or soft surface unattended.
- Make sure you do not overload outlets. Pull the plug, not the cord, when disconnecting an electrical device. Never remove a plug when your hands are wet, or if you’re touching a metal object, and remember the third prong of a plug exists for safety reasons. Do not break it off or bypass it.
- Use proper charge cables to recharge electronic device like mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, and laptops.
- Keep cords away from sources of heat and water. Cords and plugs that show signs of wear or damage need to be replaced. Stop using them immediately. Do not place a cord under a carpet, through a doorway, or anywhere that it could be stepped on, and always use extension cords that are properly rated for electricity you'll be using.
- Use a certified power bar if you need to plug multiple items into an outlet and unplug your electrical gadgets when they're not in use.
- Discuss fire safety with your family so they know how to stay safe in the event of a fire. Have an escape plan. Have working smoke alarms. Have a meeting place. Instruct everybody to call 9-1-1 when they get out.
- Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms work. Use the test button to ensure the alarms work. If the alarm fails to sound, check and replace batteries if necessary.
- With everyone spending more time at home and maybe cooking more than normal, the need to remain alert in the kitchen is as important as always. Prevent unattended cooking fires. Stay in the kitchen while cooking.
This team wants each of us to be safe in our homes and on our property. We want you to discover new and safe ways to operate your businesses, and we want you to remain safe while you move through our community in the days ahead.
The commitment of Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services is to you, by making significant shifts in order to better promote important fire & life safety messages that have traditionally been shared face-to-face.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the fire department at 250-426-2325.