HSH - Escape

ESCAPE:

Home Fire Escape Plan

Know Two Ways Out and Have A Meeting Place Outside

- The best way to assure that you and those in your home do the correct things in an emergency is to have an escape plan and practice it with the entire family.

-  Make a fire escape plan with at least two (2) ways of escaping every room (if possible).

-  Have a meeting place outside and practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year.

- Make sure that all of your exits are always unobstructed and easy to use.

- Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults or anyone else that may need assistance.

- Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a light pole, a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.      "Know Where To Go!" 


Escape Plan

- If you must escape through smoke, stay low under the smoke as heat and toxic gases rise, then crawl out to the nearest safe exit.      "Get Low and Go!"

- Remember that when you are escaping, touch the door with your hand first (not the door knob) to see if it's hot.  If it is, do not open it and find another way out.

- Close (don't lock) doors behind you as you leave to stop the smoke and fire from spreading.

- Once you're out of a fire, stay out! Never go back into a burning building for anything.

- Don't try to save possessions - just go directly to your meeting place outside.  Call 911. 

         "Get Out and Stay Out!"


Additional Safety Tips:

Fire Prevention Canada's fact sheet - "Smoke Kills"

Fire Prevention Canada's fact sheet - "Fire Escape Plan"

OFMEM's Infographic - "Home Escape Planning"

OFMEM's information on a Home Fire Escape Plan

NFPA's tip sheet - "Escape Planning"

NFPA's tip sheet - "Security Bar Safety"

NFPA's tip sheet - "Fire Alarms in Apartment Buildings"

NFPA's tip sheet - "Highrise Apartment & Condo Safety"

OFMEM's info sheet - "High-Rise Buildings"

NFPA's tip sheet - "Hotel & Motel Safety"

NFPA's video - "Get Outside and Stay Outside"

 



If You Discover a Fire!


Call 911

- If you discover a fire, get out and call 911 immediately from a neighbour's phone or a cell phone; make sure you give your name, the correct address and location of the fire.

- If you must escape through smoke, stay low under the smoke as heat and toxic gases rise, and crawl out to the nearest safe exit.      "Get Low and Go!"

- Remember that when you're escaping, touch the door first (not the door knob) to see if it's hot.  If it is, do not open it and find another way out!

- Close (don't lock) doors behind you as you leave to stop the smoke and fire from spreading.

- Once you're safe outside, never go back inside for any reason - just go directly to your meeting place outside.   "Get Out and Stay Out!"


Additional Safety Information:

Using 911 to contact MFES

Region of Peel's 911 Emergency Service

NFPA's video - "911 - the Emergency Number"


Can we find you? Help us Get There


Please make sure that your home address is always visible to emergency responders as this will help them find your home quickly and as easily as possible.


Also, make sure to never park in front of a fire hydrant or in a fire route. Seconds can save lives!


Please help our emergency responders arrive to help you as quickly and as safely as possible. When you see their lights and sirens, pull to the right as soon as it's safe to do so and stop; it's the law.


Additional Safety Information:

Ontario's Ministry of Transportation

Ontario's Highway Traffic Act

 

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