Get out and stay out

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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.

Sea­sonal ad­just­ments

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.

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