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Safety and Security

The following strategies should be adopted to provide reasonable occupant safety and household security.

Fire/smoke protection
  • Install at least one smoke detector on each floor level.

  • Store one hand operated fire extinguisher in/near the kitchen area and/or in the garage.

  • Install a carbon monoxide (C.O.) detector at/near the sleeping quarters. Additional C.O. detectors can be installed at each floor level.

  • Exposed foam plastic insulation should be covered with drywall.

  • All openings in the garage walls and ceilings, common with the home, must be gas proofed.

  • Any door leading from an attached garage into the dwelling must be equipped with a self-closing device.

  • Do not store flammable materials in the furnace room or next to your hot water tank.

  • Front entrance doors should have a window or be equipped with a door viewer.

  • Have all locks/keyed cylinders changed upon taking possession of a new house. All doors should be equipped with a deadbolt.

  • Basement windows should be protected with security bars.

  • Install motion activated lighting at secondary exits and access points of your property.

  • Ensure that all basement and main floor windows have operable locking mechanisms.

  • The digital combination on automatic garage door openers and remotes should be changed.

General Safety
  • Ensure that adequate ventilation is provided to rooms containing gas/oil fired furnaces/boilers and gas/oil fired hot water tanks.

  • Handrails must be installed alongside all staircases containing more than two steps.

  • Eliminate/repair any trip hazards or flooring defects.

  • Do not overload electrical circuits. Do not install screw-in fuses (if applicable) over 15 amps. for general purposes.

  • Avoid permanent electrical extension cord use.

  • Clear access must be maintained in front of the electrical panel, the furnace/boiler access panels and the main water shut-off valve.

  • Emergency and family contact telephone numbers should be displayed permanently at/near the kitchen telephone.

Copyright (2003) CBCG - Reprinted with permission
Baker Street Home Inspection Services Inc.
In operation since 1985

Serving the Greater Toronto Area from
Oakville to the west, Newmarket to the
north and Oshawa to the east.
3335 Yonge Street, Suite 402
Toronto, Ontario, M4N 2M1

Tel - (416) 483-3535
Fax - (416) 483-9756
Regular Business Hours (Monday to Friday)
8:30 am to 12:30 pm
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Our phones are monitored
continuously after business hours.