Ensure everyone in your home knows what to do in case of fire
TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ -
There have already been 12 fire-related fatalities in Ontario this
year. The number is too high for Ontario's new Fire Marshal and he is
urging families to practise their home fire escape plans and ensure all
smoke alarms are working as part of Family Day on February 21, 2011.
Simple steps for home fire escape planning include:
Develop a home fire escape plan and discuss it with the entire
Show everyone two ways out of each room, if possible.
Check that all exits are unobstructed and easy to use.
Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older
adults or anyone else who may need assistance.
Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where
everyone can be accounted for.
If there is smoke, get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe
Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cellphone or
Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.
"When a fire occurs, people may only have a few seconds to escape," said
Ted Wieclawek, Fire Marshal of Ontario. "We are urging people to
develop and practise a home fire escape plan so that everyone knows
what do when a fire occurs. Having working smoke alarms in the home as
part of the plan will help people get that early warning to escape."
It's the law to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home
and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, it is recommended
to also install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms. Failure to comply
with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket for
$235 or a fine of up to $50,000.
For more safety tips to keep your family safe from fire, visit www.ofm.gov.on.ca.
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SOURCE Office of the Fire Marshal - Media Relations
For further information:
Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3138
Bev Gilbert, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3178