Fire Safety

Be cool about fire safety

Allow your children to watch this video and let them be a super fire hero!

Lots of lots of families have died in home fires because children play with matches, the oven and open fire places.

Every year there is an increase in residential fires, and in many cases, these cause death or injuries - but 99% of these injuries are largely preventable.

Be cool about fire safety

 Tip tips

  • Never leave your oven on unsupervised.
  • Never allow children to play near a fireplace, wood burning stove, space heater, or other heating sources. Establish a 3 foot safety zone around all heat sources.
  • Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist, and use a metal mesh screen when burning a fire in your fireplace.
  • Follow manufacturer instructions when alternative heat sources such as wood stoves and kerosene heaters are used.
  • Store fuels in proper containers, and keep them out of the reach of children and away from combustible materials.




Cooking Safety Tips

Many families gather in the kitchen to spend time together, but it can be one of the most hazardous rooms in the house if you don't practice safe cooking behaviors. Cooking is the leading cause of reported residential fires and fire injuries

What you can do:

  • Young children are at high risk of being burned by hot food and liquids. Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "child-free zone" of 3 feet (1 meter) around the stove and microwave.
  • When young children are present, use the stove's back burners whenever possible.
  • Never hold a child while cooking, drinking, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
  • Keep young children at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from any place where hot food or drink is being prepared or carried, such as around the microwave. Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges.
  • Teach children that hot things can burn them.
  • When children are old enough, teach them to cook safely. Supervise them closely.

Be Prepared

  • Keep your family safe, by installing a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home and inside and outside sleeping areas. In at least 23 percent of all fatal residential fires, no smoke alarms were present.
  • Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year.
  • Make an escape plan with your family and agree on a common meeting place outside; practice a home fire drill on a regular basis.
  • If there is a fire, call 999 once you are safely outside.
  • Families can further reduce their risk of injury or death by also installing residential sprinkler systems.
  • Practice safe fire behaviors and know what to do in an emergency to give your family extra seconds to escape.

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