It is that time of year again when the kids head back to school and they bring home their Fire Safety plan for you to discuss as a family. Fire Safety in Collingwood is extremely important, and we take great pride and care in ensuring that our residence develop their own safety plan and escape route in case of a residential fire.

Follow these tips to ensure that everyone get’s out alive!

  1. Develop a home fire escape plan. Know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Sit down with everyone in your home and discuss how each person would get out of the home in the event of a fire.
  2. Practice your escape plan with everyone in your home. Make sure everyone can get out quickly.
  3. Make sure everyone knows two ways out of each room, if possible. If the door of a room is blocked by smoke or fire, discuss an alternate escape route such as a window. Make sure all windows open easily. Security bars on windows should have quick releasing devices so they can be easily removed.
  4. Help those who need it! Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults, people with disabilities or anyone else who may need assistance.
  5. Get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe exit. Most fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation.
  6. Choose a meeting place outside, a safe distance from your home. A tree, street light or the neighbours are all good choices. In case of fire, everyone should go directly to this meeting place to be accounted for.
  7. Get out, stay out. NEVER re-enter a burning building. Once you have safely escaped, call the Collingwood Fire Department from outside your home using a cell phone or from a neighbour’s home.

Install working smoke alarms on every story and outside all sleeping areas of you home – this is a legal requirement!