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Protect yourself from fire

Each year in Ontario 100 people die and thousands are injured as a result of fire.  Most of these victims were as a result of fires that were preventable.

Most people die in fires before the fire services arrive, even with a response time of less than five minutes.

The key to fire safety is to learn and practice the three lines of defence:

1.  Fire Prevention

2.  Detection

3.  Escape


Over 90% of residential fires are preventable.  Understanding the causes of fire and practicing good fire safety habits can greatly reduce the chance of a fire ever starting.

Top causes of residential fires – with prevention tips:

·         Cooking equipment – don’ leave stove tops unattended

·         Heating equipment – check fireplaces, wood stoves, and chimneys annually

·         Electrical distribution equipment – use only CSA or ULC certified equipment

·         Lit smoker’s articles – don’t smoke while drowsy or  impaired by alcohol or drugs

·         Candles – don’t leave unattended, use sturdy holder away from objects and people

·         Matches or lighters – keep away from children


If a fire starts, quick detection provides time to escape.  Early detection could save lives.  Every home is required to be equipped with a working smoke alarm on every storey.  It’s the law!

Almost 50% of smoke alarms in homes do not work – product lifetime expectancy is ten years.

Smoke alarm (detector) tips:

·         Test monthly

·         Change batteries and vacuum annually

·         Replace any detectors over ten years old

·         Monitor with your security system


In case of a fire, you may have less than one minute to escape.

Tips for planning your escape:

·         Have an escape plan that everyone knows what to do and were to go in case of a fire

·         Draw a floor plan showing all the rooms and exits

·         If possible, have two ways out our each room

·         Call 911 when you are at the safe meeting place

·         Do not re-enter for any reason

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