Be Sure Your Alarms Work

  • Test your smoke alarms once a month
  • Replace alarm batteries at least once a year
  • Never "borrow" alarm batteries
  • Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old

Choose a Meeting Place...and Practice it

Decide on a meeting place outside your home where everyone will gather once you’ve escaped. Hold home fire drills at least twice a year. Pretend some exits are blocked to make drills realistic. Practice your escape in the dark. When the smoke alarm sounds, there is no time to waste. Smoke and heat can create confusion. Everyone in your home must know what to do.

Confined Space entry in Agriculture 

Confined spaces are common on agriculture. Read the attached document to find out the basic guidelines for confined space entry.  

Escape Tips

  • Close doors behind you as you escape to slow the spread of fire and smoke. If you have to escape through smoke, crawl low on your hands and knees, keeping your head 0.3 to 0.6 meters (one to two feet) above the floor, where the air will be cleanest. 
  • Test doors, doorknobs, and spaces around the door with the back of your hand.  If the door is warm, try another escape route.  If it's cool, open it slowly.  Slam it shut if smoke enters through the door.
  • Draw a floor plan of your home showing two escape routes — including windows — from each room. Discuss the escape plan with everyone in your household.

 Get Out! Stay Out!

You can survive a fire in your home if you leave quickly and don’t go back inside until the firefighters say it’s safe.

"Get out and stay out!" It’s a simple strategy that can save your life. But to protect yourself and household, you must have an escape plan practice it.

 Flowing Grain Bin

It only takes two or three seconds to become trapped in flowing grain. Within another 10 seconds, you can be completely submerged. You can avoid entrapment by making it a policy to never walk on a stored grain surface. If entry is essential, use the life-line and buddy system! Watch a short video detailing bin safety as well as some rights and wrongs when entering a bin. It does not take long to encounter a problem and safety must be everyone's first priority.

 Know the Sound of your Smoke Alarm

Newer smoke alarms sound a distinct alarm pattern — groups of three beeps separated by a pause: beep-beep-beep. . . pause . . . beep-beep-beep . . .pause . . .beep-beep-beep. Older alarms sound a continuous tone. Be sure everyone in your home recognizes the sound of your alarms, and awakens to the sound of them when sleeping.

 Silo Gas Dangers

Contact with deadly silo gases continues to occur wherever silos exist. Although such contact may not occur as often as with other kinds of hazards in agriculture, one should not be lax with safety during the ensiling process. These gases are and will continue to be a very real hazard for as long as silage remains a common livestock feed. It is important that every farm worker understand the dangers associated with silo gases and learn how to deal with them.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Smoke alarms are inexpensive and they save lives. Install one on every floor of your home, including the basement, and outside each sleeping area — inside as well if you sleep with the doors closed. Make sure everyone in your household can hear the alarm while they’re sleeping. The majority of fatal home fires happen at night.

Tips for Safe Heating

Please annually check and clean your furnace, fireplace or woodstove to prevent fires and deadly carbon monoxide gas in your home. Be sure to contact a qualified service technician to clean and inspect your heating system. 

When the Alarm Sounds

  • Do not hesitate, leave immediately. 
  • If an escape route is blocked by fire or smoke, use an alternative route.
  • Go directly to your meeting place.
  • Gather away from the building out of the way of firefighters.
  • Call the fire department from a neighbour's phone or portable phone after you have escaped.
  • Report anyone trapped inside to the fire department.
  • Do not go back inside for any reason until the firefighters say it is safe.

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