The Threat of Fire
IF IN DOUBT, GET OUT!
Fire authorities say you may have as little as 1 to 2 minutes to escape a burning home. When you hear the smoke alarm, go to the door of your bedroom and feel the door with the back of your hand. If it’s hot don’t open it, use your secondary method of escape.
If you come across smoke on your way out, turn back and use your secondary method of escape.
• 88% of Canadian’s believe smoke alarms are important to life safety.
• The NFPA estimates that ¼ of all smoke alarms installed in homes
• 74% of all fire related deaths occur in residential property fires.
Fire victims typically succumb to smoke inhalation before flames reach them. More fire deaths occur when people are sleeping. Many people falsely believe that they would awaken during a fire, but toxic gases actually put people into a deeper sleep.
Remember, if you have small children, make sure you close their door at night to keep smoke out.
|Source: 1 Canadian Fire Safety Council. 1996 Angus Reid Smoke Alarm Study,
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:
1.Draw a floor plan of your home showing all possible exits from each room.
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.
5.Install smoke detectors on each floor of your home and test the batteries monthly.
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.