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Fire tips to discuss at school

Smoke alarms

Smoke alarms are tools that can tell if there is smoke in the air. They work even if you can't smell smoke. Smoke alarms make a very loud beeping noise to warn you that a fire has started. When you hear the loud noise, follow your school escape plan and get out fast.

Fire escape plan

Have you ever wondered what you would do if there was a fire in your school or home? Or why it is important to have a fire escape plan?

Well, fires can be scary and confusing. They can be loud, burn very fast, and their smoke can make a room or home very dark. It helps to have a plan so you'll know what to do to get out of your school or home. Don't forget:

  • Try to find two ways out from every room in your school or home.
  • The first way out should be a door. Every way needs to be planned and practiced with grown-ups.
  • Before opening any door in a fire, feel it first. If it is hot, there may be fire on the other side. Try to get out another way.
  • Stay low to the floor when escaping a fire.
  • Pick a safe and easy-to-remember place outside the school or home to meet your class or family after you get out.
  • Stay outside no matter what. Don't go back for anything!
  • Remain calm, walk don't run.

If your clothes catch on fire

You should know what to do if your clothes catch on fire. By learning and practicing the Stop, Drop and Roll method, you will know what to do.

STOP immediately! Do not run or attempt to remove your clothing.

DROP to the ground as quickly and safely as possible.

ROLL on the ground so that the flames are smothered completely. While rolling, cover your face with your hands.

Other tips

  • Do not overload electrical outlets.
  • Fire is not a toy.
  • Only adults can safely use fire.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Never leave stove or candle fires unattended.
  • Point out safety rules you and others are following throughout the course of the day.
  • If you smell smoke or see fire, pull the fire alarm, exit the building, go to your meeting place, call 9-1-1 from a safe phone.

For further information, please contact 311.​​