It’s Fire Prevention Week October 6 – 13

Fire

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign reminds us about the small but important actions we can take to keep ourselves and those around us safe.

Did you know, in a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out.

Remember these important fire safety steps:

  • Plan your escape route
  • Choose an outside meeting place
  • Test your smoke alarms
  • Practice a home fire drill
  • Make a regular reminder

Home safety

Be prepared for a fire and develop a fire escape plan:

  • Draw a floor plan of your home
  • Include all possible emergency exits
  • Include any important features that could help with your escape
  • Mark two escape routes from each room
  • Remember — some people may need help to escape
  • Choose a place outside where everyone will meet
  • Call 911 from a neighbour’s home
  • Make sure everyone is familiar with the home escape plan
  • Practice your fire escape plan.

Apartment safety

  • Get a copy of the fire emergency procedures from your building management and read them carefully
  • Become familiar with the fire safety features provided in your building, including exits and stairwells
  • When you hear an alarm, exit the building as quickly as possible. If you cannot safely reach an exit, take refuge in an apartment suite as quickly as possible. Take actions to protect yourself from smoke. Call 911 and provide details of your situation and location.
  • If the suite fills with smoke, move to the balcony (if you have one) and close the doors
  • If you do not have a balcony, go to the most smoke-free room, close the door and seal it with tape and towels.
  • Open the window for fresh air but be prepared to close it again if this makes conditions worse.
  • Never break the window to get fresh air or you will not be able to seal it off if conditions change.

To protect yourself from smoke when unable to exit a building during a fire:

  • Use duct tape and wet towels to seal around the door, vents, air ducts and other areas that may allow smoke to enter the room
  • If smoke is worse in one room (e.g. bathroom), close the door and seal off the room with tape and wet towels
  • Keep low to the floor where the air is cleaner
  • Keep a cell phone or cordless phone with you to call 911 and provide details of your situation and location

Return to the Fire Safety and Guidelines page.

Safety tips

  • Hear the beep where you sleep! Every bedroom needs a working smoke alarm!
  • Install at least one carbon monoxide detector
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors regularly
  • Clean barbecues before use
  • Have flash light and extra batteries on hand
  • Check heating appliances and chimney before use
  • Check with local fire department on open air burning by-laws
  • If you smoke, do so outside and keep a can of water nearby to discard cigarette butts

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