Fire Safety Tips

Be Fire Safe Outside:

  • Regularly perform a general outdoor cleanup around your home.
  • Remove and dispose of logs, needles, twigs and shrubs that encourage fire to spread on the ground and up to your house.
  • Keep firewood piles at least 10 metres from your home.
  • Never leave your campfire unattended.
  • Put your campfire out with water before going to sleep or leaving your campground.

Smoke Alarms:

  • The quickest way to react to fire is by using smoke alarms.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are in working order.
  • Install one on each level of your house and one in each bedroom.
  • Test them every month and vacuum regularly to keep them free from dust.
  • If they are battery operated, store extra batteries and change at least once a year.
  • On your calendar circle the month you change your battery and cross off each month as you test your alarms.
  • This will make sure everyone gets out fast and safe.

If Fire Breaks Out:

  • Shout “Fire” – alert everyone – don’t panic
  • Get everyone out fast – close doors and don’t take time to dress.
  • Stay close to children and the elderly – they may get excited or confused.
  • Make sure no one re-enters the building.
  • Call the Fire Department from a neighbour’s telephone.

In Apartment Buildings:

  • Use stairways only – don’t use elevators as you may get trapped.
  • If fire or smoke prevent your escape: keep doors closed
  • if necessary place wet towels or blankets around openings
  • get out on balcony or beside open window
  • signal for help
  • call the Fire Department if you can
  • give full address, your floor number and apartment number.

Clothing Fires:

  • Smother the fire – don’t run as it spread the flames.
  • Make the person lie down and roll him in blanket or coat.
  • Gently beat fire out.

Cooking Fires:

  • Turn off heat – never leave pan unattended.
  • Smother fire with tight-fitting lit – or use fire extinguisher.
  • Do not use water on grease fires.
  • Watch your clothes.
  • Never carry a burning pan.