Too many fires occurring in town

By Tyler Moffitt
The Safety Advocate

In the last three weeks, the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service responded to three residential fire calls.
During that same time period, the service responded to a number of other emergencies, as well as twice in one day to the local mill.
Would your home or workplace pass a fire and life safety inspection? Thought-provoking question is it not?
All of us need to take responsibility for fire safety in our homes, as well as in our workplace.
Remember, if you fail to plan … you are basically planning to fail!
Here are some basic fire safety questions to answer:
•Do you stay in the kitchen when cooking? When you leave for any reason, do you turn off the stove and take the pot or pan off the burner?
•Do all smokers smoke outside?
•Do all smokers who smoke inside use large sturdy ashtrays that can’t be easily tipped over?
•Are ashtrays emptied into a metal container, not the garbage can?
•Do you check around furniture cushions where people been smoking, especially if they’ve been drinking?
•Are there working smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside all sleeping areas?
•Are there working smoke alarms inside all bedrooms?
•Do you test your smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button?
•Do you change the batteries in your smoke alarms at least once a year or whenever the low-battery warning chirps?
•Do you test your smoke alarms after an extended absence, such as trip or vacation?
•Do you and family members know two ways out of all rooms in case of fire? The only exception would be a bathroom with no window.
•Did you and family members identify all exits, making sure they can be used?
•For people who live in a multi-storey building, did you familiarize yourself with the building’s fire safety plan?
•Do you know to get out and call the fire department from a safe location outside should a fire strike?
I hope you answered yes to all of the questions—you and your family’s lives may depend on it!
Safety—we can all make a difference!
Tyler J. Moffitt is a part-time firefighter and emergency responder, as well as a continuous improvement advocate.

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