Get out and stay out
Develop a home fire escape plan today. It could save your life tonight.
Know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Sit down with everyone in your household and discuss how each person will get out of the home in a fire.
Practise your escape plan with everyone in your home.
Make sure everyone can get out quickly.
Make sure everyone knows two ways out of each room, if possible.
If the door of a room is blocked by smoke or fire, discuss an alternate escape route such as a window. Make sure all windows open easily. Security bars on windows should have quick-releasing devices so they can be easily removed. Help those who need it. Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults, people with disabilities or anyone else who may need assistance.
Get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe exit.
Most fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation.
Choose a meeting place outside, a safe distance from your home. A tree, street light or a neighbour’s home are all good choices. In case of fire, everyone should go directly to this meeting place to be accounted for. Get out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building. Once you have safely escaped, call the fire department from outside your home using a cell phone or from a neighbour’s home.
Local fire departments urge everyone to keep fire safety in mind as the temperature turns colder.
People need to pay close attention to potential fire hazards such as fireplaces, furnaces, chimneys and vents, and space heaters. There are some simple things people can do to stay fire safe during the colder months:
Have all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually by a registered fuel contractor. Keep chimneys and intake/exhaust vents for furnaces and heating appliances free of debris, ice and snow accumulations to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) build-up from inefficient combustion.
Burn dry, well-seasoned wood in fireplaces and woodstoves to reduce the risk of excessive creosote build-up in chimneys. Allow ashes from your fireplace or wood stove to cool before emptying them into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid. Keep the container outside.
Keep space heaters at least one metre away from anything that can burn, including curtains, upholstery and clothing.
Replace worn or damaged electrical wires and connections on vehicles and extension cords and use the proper gauge extension cord for vehicle block heaters. Consider using approved timers for vehicle block heaters rather than leaving heaters on all night.
Ensure that vehicles are not left running inside any garage or building.