Hints, Tips and Checklists.
At Tbaytel, security and safety go hand in hand. In this special section, we provide a series of helpful hints, tips and checklists to keep you, your family and your home safe wherever you are.
Follow these simple tips to prepare you and your family in case of an emergency.
- Post Emergency numbers where your family and other household members can find them easily.
- In the event that you need to call emergency services, remain calm and specify:
- What happened
- What help is needed
- Where you are
- Who you are
- Teach your children and other household members how and who to call for help.
- Keep a home emergency kit handy.
- Keep fresh water in a container and change it every two weeks.
- Keep a one week food supply on hand at all times in your home.
- Teach your family and other household members how to turn off the gas, power and water.
- Pick a family meeting place in case you are ever evacuated or must leave your home. Tell your friends to call this location for information about you and your family.
- Keep a survival kit in your car if you own a vehicle.
- Always keep the gas tank in your vehicle at least half full.
Kitchen Fire Safety
Cooking is the number one cause of residential fires and a leading cause of burn injury and death. Follow these quick and easy tips for fire-safe cooking every time.
- Put a lid on it!
Always keep a lid near the stove when you are cooking. If a pot catches fire, slide the lid over the pot and turn off the stove. Never put water on a burning pot or try to move it to the sink.
- Keep an eye on your frying
Never leave cooking unattended, particularly if you are using oil or high temperatures. A stovetop fire can start in a flash, so keep a close eye on your cooking at all times.
- Don't reach for danger
Wear tight-fitting or rolled up sleeves when cooking. A dangling sleeve, housecoat or sweater can easily brush against a hot burner and catch fire.
- Clear the clutter
Combustible items, such as wooden or plastic cooking utensils, dishcloths, paper towels and pot holders can easily ignite if they are too close to the burner. Keep all combustible items a safe distance away from your stove.
- Prevent fire: Use a fryer
Deep fat frying is a major kitchen hazard. Oil that's been heated in a pot on the stove can easily overheat and burst into flames. Fire departments recommend that you use only a thermostat-controlled deep fat fryer.
- Snooze.. you lose
Many night fires are caused by people attempting to cook while under the influence of alcohol. Don't let this happen in your home. Keep a close eye on individuals that have consumed alcohol and are in the kitchen. Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home.
- Test your smoke alarms
It is an Ontario law that all residences must have working smoke alarms. Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas. Test your smoke alarms at least once a month and change the batteries once or twice a year.
Safety Tips for Seniors
- If it sounds too good to be true - free vacation, miracle cure, sure-fire investment - avoid it.
- It is against the law for telemarketers to ask for your credit cards, Social Insurance Number (SIN), phone cards, or bank account numbers to verify prizes, so if someone asks you for any of this information, don't give it to them.
- If someone tries to rush you into signing a contract, insurance policy or any other document, be suspicious... read it carefully and have a trusted friend or lawyer check it over as well.
- Some con artists will pose as representatives of companies or government agencies that, for a fee, will recover money lost to fraudulent telemarketers. Before you trust anyone, ask to see credentials.
- When in doubt, call the police.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.
- Make sure candles are placed on a secure piece of furniture in sturdy holders that will not tip over.
- Make sure candleholders are non-combustible and big enough to collect dripping wax.
- Keep burning candles away from anything flammable, such as furniture, drapes, bedding, decorations, etc.
- Do not place lit candles in windows where blinds or curtains can close over them.
- Keep all lit candles away from drafts.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
- Do not place candles where they can be knocked over.
- Do not extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and some holders to break.
- Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are much safer light sources during a power failure.
- Don't use a candle to look into closets.
- Never use a candle for light when fuelling equipment such as a lantern or kerosene heater.
Going on vacation? These tips will help give you peace of mind while you're away.
- Have your neighbour pick up packages.
- Have a friend pick up the mail daily.
- Use timers to turn on lights automatically.
- Hide garbage cans in the garage or basement.
- Double check all locks on doors and windows.
- Leave your curtains, shades and blinds in their usual positions.
- Turn down the ringer on your telephone(s) so that would-be burglars will not hear it ringing.
- Stop delivery on all papers and magazines.
Car Travel Safety
- Always drive with the car doors locked.
- Never pick up hitchhikers.
- Let a friend or family member know where you are travelling and your estimated time of arrival at your destination.
- Ensure your vehicle is running well and the gas tank is full.
- If you find yourself stranded, stay in your vehicle.
- Display a "Call Police" sign or hang a white cloth outside the window or tied to the antenna.
- Never open your hood as a distress signal or for a person who wants to help. Opening your hood allows access to your motor and the person could make it inoperable.
- Roll down your window just 1 inch to speak to anyone on the outside.
- Ask that the police or someone from a service station be sent to help you.
- Get your vehicle as far off of the highway as possible, onto the right shoulder.
- Turn on the 4-way flashers.
- Put reflectors at least 300 feet towards oncoming traffic.
- Do not stand on the highway to perform any repairs.
- When jacking up your vehicle, make sure the ground is both flat and firm.
- Always keep the following items in your trunk:
- Safety Reflectors
- Properly inflated spare tire and jack
- Can of tire inflator
- An extra fan belt
- Set of Wrenches
- A long bar that will fit over your jack handle (Loosening lug nuts to change a flat tire can be extremely difficult when they have been attached with an air wrench)
- A white cloth (use as a flag for help)