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fire danger in your home
and maintain smoke alarms
alarms warn you of a fire in time to let you escape.
smoke alarms on each level of your home, especially near
each sleeping area.
smoke alarms regularly and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
weak or dead batteries immediately with new ones.
if your smoke alarms are hardwired they will not function
during a power failure - consider installing a backup battery
powered smoke alarm as an additional asset to your home.
and practice your escape
and practice a fire escape plan with every member of your
for two ways out of each room.
an outside meeting place and a safe location to call 9-1-1.
- If you
live in a multi-storey building, in the event of fire,
don't use elevators.
heaters need space
portable and space heaters at least 1 metre (3 feet) from
anything that can burn.
leave heaters on when you leave the house or go to bed.
children well away from heaters.
- Set up
a designated smoking area outside with large, deep ashtrays,
and soak the butts with water before dumping them in the
- Ask smokers
to take it outside to reduce the risk of indoor fires and
protect people from being exposed to harmful second-hand
need watchers. Before going to sleep, check under and around
sofa cushions and upholstered furniture for smouldering cigarettes.
- Be careful
- Be alert
when you cook, and keep children out of the way.
wear loose fitting clothing and be careful not to reach
over hot burners.
leave cooking unattended.
- If a
pot catches fire, cover it with a lid to smother the flames
and turn off the burner.
pot handles turned inward.
and lighters are for adults
matches and lighters out of reach of children.
children that matches and lighters are only for adults.
an appliance smokes or smells like it is burning, unplug
it immediately and have it repaired.
all of your electrical cords and replace any that are cracked
overload electrical outlets or run extension cords under
rugs or carpets.
tamper with the fuse boxes or use fuses of improper size.
- If someone
gets burned, immediately run cool water over the wound
for 5 to 10 minutes to ease the pain.
- If the
burn is blistered or charred, see a doctor immediately.
drop and roll
- If your
clothes catch fire, don't run.
where you are,
gently to the ground,
your face with your hands to protect your face and lungs,
over and over until to the flames are smothered.
low under smoke
- If you
get caught in smoke, the cleanest air will be near the
down on your hands and knees and crawl to the nearest safe
power fails don't use open flames or a charcoal grill indoors.
use gas-fuelled appliances as alternative heating sources
- If you
plan to use a portable generator, don't connect household
items to the generator unless you have it wired professionally
- don't hook the generator up to your home's electrical
- Be sure
the generator is kept outside where exhaust doesn't enter
your smoke alarms now - remember, if they're hardwired
they won't function during a power failure - install backup
battery-powered smoke alarms for additional protection.
of fire or an emergency, call 9-1-1.