The Gravenhurst Fire Department says people should never re-enter a building that is on fire. Recently in Ottawa, a resident escaped a house fire, but re-entered the home to save a pet. Unfortunately, that person died. Fire fighters say once you’re out make sure you stay out. They also add that just as it’s important to have working smoke alarms, it’s also essential to have a fire escape plan. Simple steps escaping a fire include knowing two ways out of each room, choosing a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for, and calling the fire department from a neighbours phone once outside of the home.

Other tips include:
• All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use.
• If someone in your home requires assistance to escape, develop an escape plan with your house-
hold that takes into account their unique needs. Determine who will be responsible for helping
young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape.
• Don’t forget to practice your home fire escape plan.

For apartment building tenants with disabilities:
• Make sure you tell the superintendent or landlord if you need assistance.
• Make sure your name is added to the persons who require assistance list in the fire safety plan, so the fire department knows which apartment you are in.
• Close the door of the room you are in, cover vents and cracks with cloth or tape to keep smoke
out.