While planning fun activities for your family this long weekend, the local fire department wants you to plan safety as well. The Huntsville/Lake of Bays Fire Department says it’s a great time to come up with a fire escape plan. Fire Prevention Officer Mike Vadlja offers these tips.
It’s also important to make sure all your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are in good working order.
Vadlja also says it’s the law to have working smoke alarms on every level of the home and outside all sleeping areas. If you don’t, you might get a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000.
Simple steps for home fire escape planning include:
- Develop a home fire escape plan and discuss it with the entire household.
- Show everyone two ways out of each room, if possible.
- Check that all exits are unobstructed and easy to use.
- Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults or anyone else who may need assistance.
- Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for.
- If there is smoke, get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe exit.
- Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cellphone or neighbour’s home.
- Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.