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Home Safety

Smoke Alarms

  • A working smoke alarm will eliminate your risk of dying in a fire by half
  • Have a smoke alarm on each level of your home and outside the sleeping areas. For maximum protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom
  • Test smoke alarms monthly and change the battery every year in battery operated alarms
  • Read recent bulletin from the Ministry of Housing about Smoke Alarm Legislation  

Everyone Needs A Home Fire Escape Plan

  • Plan your escape with everyone in the family
  • Make sure there are two ways out of every room
  • If you live in an apartment, don't use the elevator!
  • Choose a meeting place outside where everyone will go once they have left the building
  • Once you're out, STAY OUT! When everyone is safely out, go to a neighbour's house and call the fire department. ESCAPE FIRST, THEN CALL!

Smoker Safety

  • Use large, deep, non-tip ashtrays and soak with water before discarding
  • Never smoke in bed or while under the influence of medications or alcohol

Kitchen Safety

  • Never leave cooking unattended. Set a timer to remind you to turn off burners and the oven
  • Wear tight-fitting or rolled up sleeves while you cook
  • Turn pot handles inward on the stove where you can't bump them and children can't reach
  • Keep the stove surface free of grease and clutter
  • If a grease fire occurs use oven mitts and carefully slide a lid or a cookie sheet over the pan and turn off the burner
  • Keep children and activity away from the stove whether it is on or off
  • Don't hide the "goodies" above the stove area. Children have a way of knowing where they are and attempting to sneak a treat!
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