Home Fire Safety Tips
The Best Protection for Your Home is Prevention
Develop a Fire Escape Plan for Your Home
- Draw a floor plan of all the floors of your house.
- Mark 2 exits out of every room.
- Choose a meeting place that everyone will remember.
- Do a head count at your meeting place to ensure everyone is out.
- Practice your home fire escape plan so that all members of the household are familiar with it (once every three months).
- Call 911 from a neighbours home.
Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives
- As of March 1, 2006, the new provincial regulation states that you must have one working smoke alarm on every level of your home - including the basement and outside of sleeping areas.
- Test your smoke alarms once a month to ensure operation.
- If you sleep with your bedroom door closed, a smoke alarm in the bedroom would be a positive addition to your home fire safety.
- Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years.
- REMEMBER: Change your clocksóChange your batteries.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Replace your CO detector every 5 years.
- Check all electrical cords for deterioration; plugs get frayed and loose. Don't overload extension cords, instead, use a power bar with surge protector.
- Schedule regular inspections and cleaning of your furnaces, fireplaces, chimneys, clothes dryers, etc.
- Unplug appliances when not in use (toaster, coffee makers, etc.).
- Never leave candles burning unattended. When you go outóblow out!
Stand By Your Pan
- Never leave cooking unattended
- Ensure all smoking materials are completely extinguished.
- If there is a fire, get out and stay out. Never go back into a burning building.
- Keep all lighters and matches out of the reach of children.
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