Study Reveals Fire Safety Not a Priority for Canadians

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada

A study suggests that fire safety is not a priority for Canadians. The study, conducted by Duracell and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) reports that 48 percent of respondents believe they have almost no chance of being in a house fire, although one in 10 have already experienced such an occurrence.

Sixty-four percent of Canadians surveyed said they had established a fire escape plan, but 63 percent of those said they hadn’t practiced the plan once in the past year.

Of those who had previously experienced a house fire, 74 percent said they never thought they would and 50 percent said they had no fire escape plan in place. After such an experience, 57 percent said they changed their fire safety practices.

The study reports that 28 percent of those surveyed replaced their smoke alarms’ batteries twice that year, a move recommended by the CAFC. Nineteen percent never replaced the batteries.

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