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Increased risk of residential fires

Increased risk of residential fires

Increased risk of residential fires

According to Statistics Canada, about 4.7 million Canadians who do not usually work from home did so during March because of the pandemic.

It meant that a lot of people who were not used to spending so much time at home, decided to cook and cook a lot more than usual. The result was a 65% increase in fatal home fires in Ontario.

The fact is people are often distracted. They do two things at the same time and the one they forget is probably the meal that is cooking on the stove or in the oven.

Or they are not used to it and do not know what dangerous behaviour is. Reheating a pizza in the oven in its cardboard box can be very hazardous at a certain temperature. As well as putting a metal container in a microwave.

Most of prevention is common sense, but it can be not so common sense when busy or preoccupied.  In those cases, it is easy to become distracted.  These are distractions that can be fraught with consequences.

The best course of action is always to use caution and vigilance when cooking.  Prevention is important to prevent the place that serves as our home and workplace from falling into ashes.

Jackie Beaudoin, Leclerc Insurance and Financial Services
Source :  Canadian Underwriter