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Small tools and tips to Prevent fires, burns and other injuries:

If you smoke, smoke outside

  • Provide smokers with large, deep sturdy ashtrays
  • Wet cigarette butts and ashes before throwing them or bury them in sand
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Never smoke if oxygen is used in the home

Give space heaters space

  • Keep them at least 3 feet (1 metre) away from anything that can burn including you
  • Shut off heaters when you leave or go to bed
  • Only use space heaters that have a protective screen covering the elements
  • Don't dry wet items such as shoes, towels or clothing on space heaters

Stay in the kitchen when cooking

  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Wear tight fitting or short sleeves when cooking
  • Use oven mitts to handle hot objects
  • Don't cook if you are drowsy from alcohol or medication
  • Ensure electrical cords can't be accidentally pulled
  • If you have to leave the kitchen turn the burner off or take a spatula or spoon with you as a reminder you still have something in the kitchen
  • If a pan of food catches fire
    • Slide a pot lid or cookie sheet over it
    • Turn off the burner and let it cool
    • If in doubt call 9-1-1

Stop, drop, and roll

  • If your clothes catch fire, STOP (don't run)
  • DROP gently to the ground, and cover you face with your hands
  • ROLL over and over back and forth to put out the fire
  • Use cool water for 3-5 minutes (at least) to cool the burn
  • Get medical help right away

Smoke Alarms save lives

  • Have smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, inside each bedroom, and outside each sleeping areas
  • For added safety, install combination CO/Smoke Alarms which alert you to both high Carbon Monoxide levels and smoke
  • For the best protection, use interconnected alarms so when one sounds, they all sound
  • Make sure everyone in your home can hear the smoke alarms
  • Test the alarms monthly
  • Change the batteries once a year
  • Replace the alarm every 10 years

Plan and Practice your escape from fire and smoke

  • If possible, plan two ways out of every room
  • Identify two ways out of your home
  • Make sure windows and doors open easily
  • Never use the elevator. Use the stairwell to exit the building
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside

In an emergency Call 9-1-1

  • 9-1-1 is a free service
  • Once you have escaped the fire, call 9-1-1 from a safe location
  • If you can not escape, call-9-1-1 and tell them your exact location
    • Seal the openings around the door and vents with wet bedding or towels

Plan your escape around your abilities

  • Have a telephone near your bed in case you are trapped by smoke or fire
  • Place wheelchair, walker, scooter, or cane nearby for easy access
  • Prepare an emergency kit with necessary items such as:
    • medications, glasses, doctors numbers, emergency contacts, insurance information, emergency cash/credit card, flashlight
    • have coat and shoes handy

For More Information

Fire Prevention

Telephone

780-496-3628

Email fireprevention@edmonton.ca

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