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Following a fatal fire in Oshawa Ontario, Dryden Fire Chief Ryan Murrell is urging residents to make sure they are safe.

The Dryden Fire Service is reminding the public to make sure that they have working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside of all sleeping areas, as well as having practiced a home fire escape plan with everyone in their home.

“Fire moves so fast that you may have less than 60 seconds to safely escape a fire, so early warning is crucial to survival,” says Murrell. “Only working smoke alarms give you that early warning. It is up to you to make sure these types of tragedies do not happen in Dryden,” he said.

The fire service says that having a home fire escape plan is equally as important as having working smoke alarms to keep residents safe. The fire service offered safety tips to help residents be prepared, in case of an emergency.

Simple smoke and carbon monoxide alarm tips:

Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside all sleeping areas of your home. For added protection, install a smoke alarm in every bedroom according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

Install carbon monoxide alarms outside all sleeping areas if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage.

Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly by pressing the test button. Change the batteries every year.

Simple steps for home fire escape planning include:

Everyone should know two ways out of each room, if possible.

All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use.

Practice your home fire escape plan.

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

 

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