THUNDER BAY – LIVING – There were numerous fire tragedies across Ontario this week. Seven people were killed in separate incidents and others were hospitalized with burns including a young child and a toddler. Thunder Bay Fire Rescue reminds the public to make sure that they have working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas in accordance with the Ontario Fire Code. Residents should also have a home fire escape plan and practiced with everyone in their home.
“Many fatal fires occur at night when everyone is asleep, so early warning is crucial to survival,” said Fire Chief John Hay. “In addition to meeting the Ontario Fire Code requirements, for added protection Thunder Bay Fire Rescue recommends installing a smoke alarm in every bedroom. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms.”
Just as important as having working smoke alarms is making sure everyone in the home knows exactly what to do to escape before a fire occurs. “We want to make sure these types of tragedies do not happen here in Thunder Bay,” stated Chief Hay.
Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Tips:
- Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas in the home. For added protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas if the home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every story of the home according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms wear out over time. Replace alarms according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
Steps for Home Fire Escape Planning:
- Everyone should know two ways out of each room (if possible).
- All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use.
- Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults and anyone else who needs assistance to escape.
- Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for.
- Call 911 from outside the home, from a cell phone or neighbor’s home.
- Practice the home fire escape plan.
- Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.
Tips For Those Living in an Apartment Building Who Need Assistance to Escape:
- 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.
- Know the emergency procedures outlined in the building’s fire safety plan.