Home fire, life safety tips to embrace and practise

Submitted by
Tyler Moffitt

Autumn is here and the Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service team members would like to share some important fire and life safety information you can embrace and practice.
Smoke alarms
•Working smoke alarms are required on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas.
Your Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service team members also recommends installing working smoke alarms inside all bedrooms.
•Smoke alarms must be replaced every 10 years.
•Smoke alarms should be tested every month by pushing the alarm test button.
•Smoke alarm batteries should be replaced at least once a year.
•Make sure everyone in the home is familiar with the sound the smoke alarm makes, and what to do if they hear it.
Carbon monoxide alarms
•Any home that has a fuel-fired appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage requires a CO alarm.
•If required, CO alarms must be installed outside of any sleeping area.
•There are many different options available for CO alarms.
Some plug into electrical outlets, some are mounted on walls or ceilings and require batteries, and some are duel CO and smoke alarms and mounted on the ceiling (dual alarms can be hardwired or battery-operated).
•CO alarms must be replaced according to manufacturer’s instructions (vary from five-10 years).
•CO alarms should be tested every month.
•CO alarm batteries should be replaced at least once a year.
•Make sure everyone in the home is familiar with the sound the CO alarm makes, and what to do if they hear it.
Fire escape planning
•Everyone living in the home needs to be familiar with the home fire escape plan.
•A home fire escape plan must be practised in order to be effective.
•You should have two ways out of every room and a safe meeting place outside.
•Determine who will be responsible for helping anyone that needs assistance evacuating the home.
•”Get out and stay out” (never re-enter a burning building).
•Call 9-1-1 once safely outside.
Smokers
•Cigarettes and cigars don’t know when your asleep! Smoking is the #1 cause of preventable home fire deaths.
If you smoke … put it out … all the way … every time.
Cooking
•Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of fires in the home.
Pay close attention when you are cooking and stay in the kitchen.
Remember: working smoke alarms save lives! Test yours every month!
Tyler Moffitt is the Fire Chief/CEMC for the Fort Frances Fire & Rescue Service.

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