Look, lis­ten, learn, pre­vent fires


The theme for Fire Pre­ven­tion Week, Oc­to­ber 7-13, fo­cuses on three fun­da­men­tal ac­tions peo­ple can take to be fire­safe. Look for po­ten­tial fire haz­ards around your home. Take ac­tion to pre­vent fire from start­ing. Al­ways stay in the kitchen while cook­ing. If you must leave, turn off the stove.

En­cour­age smok­ers to smoke out­side. Al­ways ex­tin­guish cig­a­rettes in large, deep ash­trays that can­not be knocked over.

Check elec­tri­cal cords for dam­age such as fray­ing or nicks. A dam­aged cord can ex­pose wires and re­sult in a po­ten­tial shock or fire hazard.

Lis­ten for the smoke alarms in an emer­gency.

Make sure ev­ery­one knows the sound of the smoke alarms and can hear them in an emer­gency.

Early de­tec­tion of fire pro­vided by smoke alarms gives you the ex­tra sec­onds you need to get out safely.

Learn two ways out of ev­ery room. Prac­tise a home fire es­cape plan with ev­ery­one in your home be­fore a fire starts so you and your fam­ily can get out quickly.

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