Fire prevention

Fire in Home Checklist

If a fire should break out in your home...

  • GET OUT OF THE HOUSE. Familiarize yourself with at least two exits from each room; for example, one window and one door. Know where the exits are; practice using them.
  • HAVE A MEETING PLACE LOCATED OUTSIDE THE HOUSE. A fire is no time to be worrying about who made it out and who did not. By establishing a central meeting place outside the house, you can count heads and not have to wonder who might still be inside.
  • PHONE THE FIRE DEPARTMENT FROM A NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE.
  • NEVER GO BACK INSIDE FOR ANY REASON! Once you are outside, do not go back inside. The fire department will be there in a matter of minutes. Stay at the meeting place and wait for the fire department.

In a fire, seconds count!

  • For early detection of fires, install smoke detectors near your sleeping areas. If you have a multi-story house, install smoke detectors at each level in the home.
  • Design a home fire escape plan; practice using it.
  • Establishing EXIT DRILLS IN THE HOME (E.D.I.T.H.) will insure that everyone in the home will be familiar with the proper procedures should a fire occur.
  • If you have sleeping areas located on the second floor, provide an escape ladder or rope. Check these carefully to make certain they are safe.
  • Check windows that would be used in an escape to see that they open easily.
  • Should you be caught in smoke, CRAWL! Smoke rises, so stay close to the floor where the air will be less toxic.
  • Clothing, should it ignite, will burn rapidly. If your clothes ignite, DO NOT RUN...STOP, DROP, AND ROLL!

The Best Step to Take is to Prevent a Fire from Occurring

Knowing what to do should fire occur is very important. More important still is the prevention of a fire. Take the time to inspect your home for possible safety hazards, bare wires, and improperly operating heating equipment.

Fire prevention is something the entire family may participate in. Encourage children to assist with checking the home for hazards.

By taking the time to carefully inspect your home for possible hazards, you may prevent a major catastrophe later on.

A smoke alarm will let us know if there is smoke in the area. If there is smoke there is a possibility of a fire. The more smoke alarms we have in our home the quicker we will know if there is a fire, where it is, and the sooner we will be able to escape.

  • Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of the home
  • Smoke alarms should be placed in every sleeping room
  • Smoke alarms should be tested monthly
  • Smoke alarms batteries should be replaced twice a year
  • Smoke alarms should be on every level of the home

Space Heaters

Portable space heaters are great for quickly warming up a cold room, but they are also known to be the cause of many serious home fires. Thus they must be used with special care. Keep portable heaters at least 3 feet (1 metre) away from things that could burn such as clothing, bedding, furniture or curtains. Never leave a portable heater on when leaving the home or going to bed, they must be used with active surveillance.

Planning Ahead

If a fire broke out tonight while you were sleeping, would you get out alive? It is very important to create a home fire escape plan now and practice it regualrly. Make sure you know two ways out of each room. If you encounter thick smoke, drop to the floor and crawl on your hands and knees to safety. Call the fire department from a neighbour's home, if they haven't done so already.

Careless Smoking: Death by Fire

Our Wireless Home Alarm System comes with a FREE Moniotred SMoke Detector!Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths. If you know someone who smokes, be sure to let them know the dangers it carries, and what they can do to avoid fires.

  • Smokers should never smoke in bed or when tired.
  • Heavy drinking and smoking can be a lethal combination.
  • Smokers should use large, deep ashtrays and never empty ashtrays into the garbage.
  • Ashes should be disposed in the toilet or doused with water.
  • If there is a smoker in your household, make sure your home is well equipped with smoke alarms that will alert you in case of fire.

If possible though, avoid smoking in enclosed areas and inside your home. Not only will you be avoiding possible fires, but the smoke produced by smoking impregnates your home, and can decrease it's value!

Kitchen Hazards

If a pot caught on fire in your kitchen, would you know what to do? Your fire department wants you to put a lid on cooking fires. Keep a proper fitting lid nearby and slide it over the burning pan, then turn off the burner.

When you cook always wear tight fitting sleeves and never reach over a hot burner. A dangling sleeve passing over a burner can suddenly catch fire. If this happens, knowing what to do is a matter of life and death. Don't panic and run. Drop to the floor and roll over and over to smother the flames.

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