Practise Home Fire Escape Planning this Family Day

Practise Home Fire Escape Planning This Family Day
Ensure everyone in your home knows what to do in case of fire

February 17, 2011

There have already been 12 fire-related fatalities in Ontario this year. The number is too high for Ontario’s new Fire Marshal and he is urging families to practise their home fire escape plans and ensure all smoke alarms are working as part of Family Day on February 21, 2011.

Simple steps for home fire escape planning include:

  • Develop a home fire escape plan and discuss it with the entire household.
  • Show everyone two ways out of each room, if possible.
  • Check that all exits are unobstructed and easy to use.
  • Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults or anyone else who may need assistance.
  • Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for.
  • If there is smoke, get low and go under the smoke to the nearest safe exit.
  • Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cellphone or neighbour’s home.
  • Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.


“When a fire occurs, people may only have a few seconds to escape,” said Ted Wieclawek, Fire Marshal of Ontario. “We are urging people to develop and practise a home fire escape plan so that everyone knows what do when a fire occurs. Having working smoke alarms in the home as part of the plan will help people get that early warning to escape.”

Learn More

It’s the law to have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. For added protection, it is recommended to also install smoke alarms inside all bedrooms. Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements can result in a ticket for $235 or a fine of up to $50,000.

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  • Carol Gravelle, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3138
  • Bev Gilbert, Office of the Fire Marshal, 416-325-3178