If fire breaks out, you have seconds to escape the heat, smoke and deadly gases. Families can increase their chances of survival by installing and maintaining smoke alarms and following a few simple procedures.
- Install a smoke alarm on every level of your house
- Test the alarms once every month and change the batteries every year
- Make sure your children are familiar with the sound of the fire alarm
- Have a fire escape plan that you can discuss, even with your youngest child, and arrange a family meeting place outside if the alarm does go off
- Install a carbon monoxide detector along with your fire alarm, and keep it properly maintained to ensure you are alerted to the presence of this odourless, toxic gas.