In the wake of a fatal fire in Oshawa, on Monday, January 8, 2018, the Clarence-Rockland Fire Department wants to remind the public to make sure that they have working smoke alarms on every story of their home and outside all sleeping areas, and have practised a home fire escape plan with everyone in their home.
It has not yet been determined if there were working smoke alarms in the fatal fire in Oshawa.
“Fire moves so fast that you may have less than 60 seconds to safely escape a fire, so early warning is crucial to survival,” says Fire Chief Brian Wilson. “Only working smoke alarms give you that early warning.”
Just as important as having working smoke alarms is making sure everyone in your home knows exactly what to do to escape BEFORE a fire occurs. Practise a home fire escape plan with everyone in your home.
“It is up to you to make sure these types of tragedies do not happen in Clarence-Rockland,” continued Chief Brian Wilson.
Simple smoke and carbon monoxide alarm tips:
- Install smoke alarms on every story and outside all sleeping areas of your home. For added protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every story of your home according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button. Change the batteries every year.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms wear out over time. Replace alarms according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Everyone should know two ways out of each room, if possible.
- All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use.
- If someone in your home has a disability, develop a home fire escape plan with your household that takes into account their unique needs. Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape.
- Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for.
- Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or a neighbour’s home.
- Practise your home fire escape plan.
- Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.
- Make sure you tell the superintendent or landlord if you need assistance.
- Make sure your name is added to the people who require assistance list in the fire-safety plan, so the fire department knows which apartment you are in.
- Know the emergency procedures outlined in the building’s fire safety plan.
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