Test Your Smoke Alarms Monthly:
- Press and hold the test button on the smoke alarm – the alarm should sound immediately.
- If the smoke alarm does not have a test button, consider replacing it.
- Test by drifting smoke from an extinguished candle under the alarm – alarm should sound within 20 seconds.
- Fan smoke away to silence alarm.
- Smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years.
If The Alarm Does Not Sound…
|Battery is dead||Replace the battery|
|No electricity||Check the fuse box/breaker panel or call an electician|
|Smoke alarm dead||Replace immediately|
Clean Your Smoke Alarms Twice A Year:
- Remove and wipe the cover with a damp cloth.
- Gently vacuum the inside of the alarm.
- Replace the cover and test the alarm to make sure it is working.
At Work – Do You Know… If You Don’t Know, Find Out Now!
- Your Fire Department Emergency number?
- Your fire escape plan?
- Your designated meeting place in the event of a fire?
- Who is your floor fire emergency officer?
- The location of the nearest fire extinguisher?
- The location of the nearest fire alarm station?
- The location of the nearest two exits?
- Who needs assistance in the event of an emergency
- Mobility-impaired? Have you informed your floor fire emergency officer?
- Read your posted fire emergency instructions!
- Report all fire hazards!
- When the fire alarm sounds – notify the Fire Department
At Home – Develop and Practice A Fire Escape Plan
- Draw a floor plan of your home showing all possible exits from each room.
- Where possible, plan two exits – a main route and an alternate exit route from each room.
- Make certain that everyone understands that if they hear the smoke alarm, or someone shouting “FIRE”, they should immediately evacuate the home.
- Designate a meeting place outside your home in the event of fire.
- If you live in an apartment building, develop your escape plan taking into account fire escape procedures provided by the building management.
- Make sure your baby-sitter understands your fire escape plan.
- Practice Your Escape Plan – Regular practice is essential so that every family member knows what to do.
- If anyone in your home is unable to evacuate without assistance, assign someone to assist them.
- Ensure that everyone in your home knows NOT TO RE-ENTER.
- Call the Fire Department from a neighbour’s home.
Practice Fire Safety at Home
- Use a temperature-controlled electric skillet or deep-fryer for frying.
- Never leave cooking unattended.
- Use appropriate cooking appliances and keep clean.
- Keep a pot cover nearby to “put a lid on it” in the event of a fire.
- Avoid loose long sleeves when cooking.
- Check kettles and toasters for damaged electrical cords and thermostats.
- Use appliances that have an automatic shut-off.
- Keep a timer handy to remind when oven and burners should be switched off.
- If medications cause drowsiness -do not use cooking appliances.
- For safety and insurance purposes wood stoves must be installed by a professional.
- Always use a fire screen making sure it is the correct size for the fireplace opening.
- Do not overload electrical outlets or use extension cords in place of additional outlets.
- Smokers should check furniture for fallen cigarettes or embers which can smolder undetected for several hours before bursting into flames.
- Ensure careful use of smoking materials and extinguish in water before disposal.
- Never leave cigarettes unattended in an ashtray.
- Use safety ashtrays with a double rim and deep centre.
- Keep matches, lighters and lit candles out of reach of children.
- Never leave lit candles unattended.
- Install at least one smoke alarm outside each sleeping area. For extra protection install a smoke alarm in every bedroom.
- Test smoke alarms at least monthly.
- Change smoke alarm batteries every year.
- Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
- Check electrical appliances regularly – electric blankets, heating pads, curling irons, radios, televisions, irons.
- Bedrooms should be non-smoking areas.
Basement And Attic:
- Remove all combustible and flammable materials from the basement and attic.
- Store gasoline in well-ventilated areas – not in basements or confined areas.
- Do not store propane indoors.
- Use only approved containers to store and transport gasoline
- Have a thorough yearly maintenance check carried out on all aspects of the furnace by a professional.
- When replacing an old furnace consult a professional to determine the most safe, economical and efficient system for your home.
- Chimneys should be cleaned at least once a year.
Garage And Workshop:
- Flammable materials – thinners, gasoline, paints, industrial cleaners – should be stored neatly in approved containers and away from ignition sources.
- Do not smoke or leave matches or lighters in the garage or workshop.
- Install and be knowledgeable in the use of the appropriate fire extinguisher for the area.
- Keep the area clean – remove garbage, paper products, oily rags and wood shavings regularly.