Tips For The Whole Family To Practice Summer Fire Safety

by : News Canada

  • Teach children the nature of fire - It is FAST, HOT and DANGEROUS!

  • Prepare a home escape plan. Practice fire drills regularly

  • Teach your children the fire department's phone number or 911

  • Always keep matches and lighters away from children. Store them up high or in a locked cabinet and treat them like you would any other dangerous weapon

  • Demonstrate STOP, DROP and ROLL in case clothes catch on fire

  • Make sure your child is supervised at all times, especially around outdoor grills, campfires and fireworks. Most fires are started by children when the child is left alone

  • Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass and never barbecue in an enclosed area

  • Build campfires where they will not spread, away from dry grass and leaves and downwind from tent - try to keep them small

  • Never leave campfires, fireworks or outdoor grills unattended

  • Make sure you have smoke alarms on every floor and use long-lasting batteries, such as new Advanced Performance Duracell? CopperTop? batteries, for safety all summer long

    To learn more about summer fire safety, join Duracell Canada and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) for the Duracell Fire Safety Drive. Starting in June, parents are encouraged to bring their children to participating retail outlets to learn more about the dangers of fire and how to adopt a new and improved fire safety and escape plan for their homes. Visit for details about an event near you.