Milton fire department issues reminder about home fire escape plans


Published February 24, 2022 at 10:11 am

The Milton fire department is reminding residents to establish a home fire escape plan in case of an emergency.

Due to the extreme cold that the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has been getting, the Milton fire department has issued several reminders about heating safety this winter.

This is due to the fact that many residents have been using heating equipment in their homes, which can be a cause of fires.

In case of an emergency, the Milton fire department encourages the community to have a “get out” plan in place and to practice it often.

Additionally, it’s important to have a meeting place outside your home, never re-enter a burning building and call 9-1-1 from outside your house.

“If a fire occurs in your home, every second counts,” said the Milton fire department on Twitter.

During the winter months, residents are reminded to keep space heaters at least one metre away from items such as curtains, upholstery and clothing.

Fire screens should also always be used around the fireplace to allow all ashes to cool before emptying them into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid that is kept outside.

It’s also important to have functional carbon monoxide alarms on every storey of your home that are tested every month.

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