With daylight savings time ending, it’s a great time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

  • Test your smoke and CO alarms monthly
  • Ensure everyone in the house knows what the alarms sound like and what to do when they hear it
  • Change the batteries every six months
  • Follow manual instructions for cleaning and maintaining the alarms 

What To Do If the Alarm Sounds

  1. Have an escape plan. Discuss and practice it.
  2. Always feel the door to see if it is hot before opening it to escape. If the doorknob is hot, don’t use that exit.  Use an alternate exit.
  3. Crawl on the floor. Smoke rises, so does the temperature. If you crawl on the floor, there will be less smoke and heat from the fire.
  4. Meet family members at a pre-arranged spot outside the home. 
  5. Call 9-1-1 from a neighbour’s home. 
  6. Never go inside (or return to) a burning building for any reason. 

You can protect your family from fires!

Here’s a fire safety checklist to reduce the chances a fire may start in your home:

  • Keep your furnace in good working order;
  • Use a fireplace screen;
  • Have proper ventilation for heaters and small appliances;
  • Don’t smoke in bed;
  • Close bedroom doors overnight;
  • Don’t use worn out electrical wiring or run it under rugs or out windows or doors; and
  • Clear away clutter!

Until next month, stay safe!