Safe and Sound: Fire Prevention and Safety Tips
Basic fire safety begins at home where a little bit of planning can go a long way towards protecting your loved ones and preventing damage to your belongings. Review these tips on fire prevention and safety as well as what to do in case of a fire and be prepared.
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These are general tips to prevent a fire in your home.
- Do not store flammable materials inside your home or attached storage.
- Do not overload power outlets or use damaged, old or frayed power cords.
- A power bar with a shut-off feature can protect your electrical appliances.
- Advise your Property Manager immediately if you become aware of any fire hazards in your home or building, for example, accumulations of combustible materials, flammable liquids, or blocked exit routes.
- Do not prop open fire doors or disable automatic door closers, as you place both yourself and your neighbours in danger in the event of a fire.
Cooking and Kitchen Safety
These are fire prevention and general safety tips to prevent burn injuries in your kitchen.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
- Use your stove’s back burners whenever possible.
- Turn pot handles inward to reduce the risk of pots being knocked over.
- Always keep an oven mitt and lid nearby when cooking.
- If a small grease fire starts in a pan, smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan.
- Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, and other items that can burn, away from your stovetop.
- Do not to store combustible or flammable items in the bottom drawer of the oven.
- In case of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
Preventing False Alarms
Prevent annoying false alarms that also waste your smoke detector's battery life.
- Keep your stove, oven and toasters clean to prevent setting off your smoke alarm.
- Use the exhaust fan (if available) when cooking to reduce the possibility of false alarms.
- Use bathroom exhaust fans to prevent steam from setting off your alarm.
- If your smoke detector is being set off too easily, ask your Property Manager if it can be moved.
In case of Fire - Call 9-1-1
Knowing what to do in the event of a fire can help you escape to safety.
- Have a fire escape plan (Check out this fire escape plan from the Calgary Fire Department.)
- Draw a floor plan of your unit on the fire escape plan.
- If you live in an apartment building, you will find fire safety and evacuation information posted on each floor.
- Make sure you know at least two ways out of the building in case one escape route is blocked by fire.
- Plan escape routes with everyone in your household and practice them regularly so everyone knows how to exit the building safely.
- If you hear a fire alarm, always leave the building right away. Follow your fire escape plan.
- If a fire occurs in your unit, evacuate to safety, activate the fire alarm, and call 911 for the fire department.
CHC Apartment Buildings
Every CHC Apartment Building is equipped with a fire alarm system and evacuation plans are posted in the common areas. Please read these so you are aware of what to do in case of a fire.
- If you hear the fire alarm in your building, exit immediately then call 911.
- Do not use the elevators.
- If you require assistance exiting your unit, call 911.
CHC Townhomes and Single Family Homes
CHC townhomes and single family homes are equipped with smoke detectors.
- Smoke detectors must not be tampered with.
- This includes no painting or covering of the smoke detectors.
- You should test your smoke detectors once a month to ensure they function.
- Report any malfunctioning or broken smoke detectors to your Property Manager.