Most fire deaths happen in homes without smoke alarms.
Install smoke alarms on each floor of your home, especially near bedrooms.
Check your smoke alarms every month to make sure that they are working. Change the batteries twice a year. A good way to remember is to change them when you change your clocks for daylight saving time every spring and fall.
Keep matches and lighters out of children's reach. Child-resistant lighters are NOT child-proof. Some children can figure out how to use them.
Teach your child that matches and lighters are not toys, they are for adults to use only.
Teach your child to tell an adult if there are matches lying around.
Teach your children to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. Rolling on the ground will put out the flames. Teach them not to run because this makes the flames spread.
Create a family escape plan to use in case of fire. Teach your children escape routes and where they should meet you outside. Have your own fire drills and practise using the escape routes.
Keep the local fire departments phone number near the phone.
For more information call:
Your local fire department
In case of fire:
Make sure everyone is awake.
Crawl on the floor to the door of the room.
Feel the door to see if it is hot before touching the doorknob (if the fire is just outside the door, the knob would be extremely hot).
If the door is not hot, open it and try to make your way outside to the meeting place.
If the door is hot, use the alternate escape route through the window. Windows above ground should be equipped with rope ladders, and you should teach your children how to use them.
Never go back into a burning building. EY
By Canadian Institute of Child Health (CICH).|March 22, 2007
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