A Message from the Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief, Emergency Management

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Hi. I'm Ontario Fire Marshal Ted Wieclawek. Did you know that $14 can save your life? That's right, $14. That's what it takes to buy these - a smoke alarm and a battery. Together, they give you early warning if a fire starts in your home.

But that won't ensure you escape a fire safely. You also need something that's completely free - a home fire escape plan. Sit down with everyone in your home and talk about how you will escape each room in your home if the smoke alarms sound. Then practice the escape plan. Because the fire department may not arrive fast enough to rescue you.

Act now. Here's how you can protect your family and home with $14.


• Fire spreads so fast you may have less than 60 seconds to safely escape a fire in your home.

• You need as much warning of the fire as possible. Only smoke alarms provide that warning.

• It's the law to maintain working smoke alarms on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas.

• For added protection, install smoke alarms in all bedrooms.

• It's also important to make sure everyone in your home knows exactly what to do if the smoke alarms sound in a fire emergency.

• Sit down with everyone in your home and talk about how to escape from each room in a fire. Identify two ways out of each room if possible.

• Determine who's going to help young children, older adults or anyone else who may need assistance.

• And make sure you have a meeting place outside the home so that everyone can be accounted for once outside.

• Call 9-1-1 from outside the home and NEVER re-enter a burning building.


So there you have it. Protect your family from fire: install working smoke alarms on every storey of your home and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your household.

Visit ofm.gov.on.ca or contact your local fire department for more information.