IF IN DOUBT, GET OUT!
If there are no other options, remember to crawl low under the smoke.
• 88% of Canadian’s believe smoke alarms are important to life safety.
• The NFPA estimates that ¼ of all smoke alarms installed in homes
Remember, if you have small children, make sure you close their door at night to keep smoke out.
2 National Fire Protection Association Fact Sheets. updated January 1. 2004,
3 Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners - 2000 Annual Report, published June 2003.
Video courtesy of the Fire Marshall of Ontario website
DEVELOP A FIRE ESCAPE PLAN
Follow these important steps to keep your family safe:
2.When possible, plan a main exit route and alternative exit route from each room.
3.Practice your escape plan at least once a month by rehearsing the steps with your family, in the night time as well as day. This will greatly increase your chances of a safe escape. Make sure all family members participate.
4.Decide on a meeting place outside your home. In case of fire go to the meeting place, that way all family members are accounted for.
6.Make sure that if the smoke alarm is activated or someone is shouting “FIRE” that everyone immediately exit the home.
7.Meet the fire fighters when they arrive and explain the situation.
8. GET OUT, STAY OUT. Do not go back into a burning home for any reason.
9.Leave it up to the professionals, do not attempt to fight the fire. Fire fighters are properly equipped and trained to handle the situation.