Barrie Security Systems

Fire/Smoke Safety Tips

Senior Safety Tips
  • Be sure to have one 24/7 monitored smoke alarm on every level of your home
  • Smoke alarms should be installed outside all sleeping areas
  • Test smoke alarms once a month (try using a broom handle to test smoke alarms)
  • If smoke alarm is not externally monitored change batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year
  • Have working lights outside the front and back entrances of your home
  • Have an escape plan with 2 ways out of every room
  • If you live in an apartment building, count the number of doorways between your apartment and the two nearest exits (you may need to escape in the dark)
  • Know how to unlock doors and windows, any security barred window should be equipped with quick-release devices
  • If you are trapped, close doors between you and the smoke, stuff rags or towels in the cracks around the doors to keep the smoke out. Wait at a window and signal the firefighters by waving a light colored cloth, turning the lights in your home or a flashlight on and off
  • Practice your home escape plan
  • Crawl low under smoke
  • Keep stove surfaces free of clutter and grease build up
  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Set a kitchen timer to remind you to turn off burners and the oven
  • Wear clothes with tight fitting sleeves
  • If your clothes are on fire: Stop Drop and Roll
  • Provide smokers with large, deep, non-tip ashtrays and empty them by wetting the contents before dumping
  • Never smoke in bed or while drinking alcohol
  • Oxygen used at home improperly can cause fires
  • Keep oxygen containers upright and at least 10 feet away from heat and open flames
  • Be familiar with Emergency Services available through dialing 911 such as: Barrie Police Service, Barrie Fire Department, Hazardous Materials Spills and Emergency Medical Services.