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Develop a Home Fire Escape Plan: Oakville Residents

In light of the recent tragedy that claimed four lives in East Gwillimbury, the Oakville Fire Department is reminding residents to develop a home fire escape plan, discuss it, and practice it often.

“Every member of your household including guests should know exactly what to do in the event of a fire,” said Chief Grant. “Minutes or seconds can mean the difference between life and death given the ferocity and unpredictable nature of fires. Don't get caught off guard.”

house-fire-300x224A home fire escape plan can be as easy as sketching a floor plan of your home including rooms and exits. When developing a home fire escape plan make sure you:

  • Show two ways out of each room.

  • Check that all exits are unobstructed and easy to use.

  • Discuss how to get out from upper and lower levels.

  • 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 lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for.

  • Practice your home escape plan. In the event of smoke, get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe exit.

  • Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or neighbour's home.

  • Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.

  • Discuss fire safety with the entire family. Everyone should be included in fire safety conversations.

Remember, a working smoke alarm is the key to your survival. Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside sleeping areas. For best protection, consider installing smoke alarms in every bedroom. To learn more about the maintenance of smoke alarms and home fire safety, visit and search Fire Safety.