Fire Safety Do’s and Don’ts

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Fire Safety Do’s and Don’ts

We all know how dangerous fire is, but do you know what to do in a fire? Are you and your family equipped to deal with this eventuality? If you are not sure, or want more information, we have written an article containing fire safety tips.  We’ve got some great fire prevention tips, advice and fire safety rules that are relevant for kids, adults and workplaces too!

Do

  • Evacuate calmly and quickly whenever a fire alarm or carbon monoxide alarm sounds.
  • Know your building’s evacuation plan.
  • Know two ways out of any building.
  • Before opening a door, feel it with the back of your hand. If the door is hot, do not open it.
  • Know the outside rally point for your building.
  • Keep important items such as medications and medical equipment handy for quick access in the event of a building evacuation.
  • If you encounter smoke during your evacuation, stay low to the floor.
  • In case of a smoke or fire emergency, activate the nearest fire alarm pull station, alert those around you, and from a safe location call the fire department, then call Public Safety and the Control Center.
  • Know the locations of fire extinguishers, fire alarm pull stations, and exits.
  • Learn to use a fire extinguisher.
  • Extinguish barbecue coals completely.
  • Ensure that smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have batteries. Change the batteries when you set your clocks back or forward.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms regularly.
  • Make sure that hallways and stairway doors close tightly.

Do NOT

  • Use halogen lamps near curtains or other combustibles.
  • Leave candles, incense, barbecue grills or other open flames unattended.
  • Hang tapestries from walls or ceilings.
  • Tamper with smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, fire alarms or sprinkler systems.
  • Ignore any building alarm.
  • Leave cooking appliances unattended.
  • Use barbecue grills in or on any building or fire escape.
  • Smoke in bed.
  • Hang anything from sprinkler heads or pipes.
  • Foreign objects may impede the system’s function.
  • Use elevators during an evacuation.
  • Prop fire or smoke doors open.

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