Another child dies in a fire

There has been a rash of fires in Canada. Recently, a child lost his life in an apartment fire in Montreal.
The apartment had no smoke alarms. In fact, only two of the 12 apartments in the building had one.
All fire deaths are tragic, but it is extremely upsetting and heart-breaking when the victims are children. So many years of potential life lost!
The vast majority of Canadians have smoke alarms. However, many of these alarms are not in working order because the batteries are dead or have been removed.
Some community fire departments have estimated 40 percent of smoke alarms in homes do not work!
You may have only seconds to escape a house fire. A fire can engulf a home or cottage in five minutes or less.
However, smoke—which is the real killer—can engulf your home or cottage in two minutes or less!
Developing and practising a well-rehearsed home escape plan with two ways out of each room is critical to your family’s survival.
No one needs to die in a fire! Ultimately, your family’s safety is your responsibility.
Do you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and cottage? Are they outside all sleeping areas? Are they in each bedroom?
The door of any bedroom gets closed at one point in time. If a fire strikes inside a bedroom with a door closed, no working smoke alarm means no early warning—and possibly no life!
If fire strikes and the blanket of smoke descends, you could be lost in your own home. The only light will be deadly . . . and coming your way!
We, as Canadians, need to take responsibility for our health and safety now, and take care of what we have!
Tyler J. Moffitt is a volunteer firefighter and emergency responder, as well as a continuous improvement advocate.

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