Imagine if you woke up to the smell of smoke, its source unknown. What would your first instinct be? What if your escape down the stairway was blocked by heat and smoke, what would you do? How would you get your family, pets included, out of the house?
These are questions that fire departments across the province are asking Islanders to think about during fire prevention week, which kicked off on Sunday. This year’s theme, ‘fire won’t wait, plan your escape,’ is a call to action to be better prepared. Below are some resources to help you get started.
Fire safety checklist:
🔔 Test your smoke alarms. Don’t become complacent to false alarms. More information on alarms.
📝 Have a plan, discuss it with the family, practice it. How to make a plan.
🧯 Keep an extinguisher in your kitchen. Know your limit. Never let fire get between you and your exit. More information on extinguishers.
❎ Have a predetermined meeting place outside your home.
📱 Carbon monoxide alarms protect you from an invisible killer. More information on CO alarms.
At the end of the day, fire safety is a boring topic to bring up. But these prevention steps have saved many lives, even here at home. Remember what grandma used to say, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ Stay safe!
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