Making a Fire Safety and Fire Escape Plan
Fire Safety Plan
Having a Fire Safety Plan is required by the Manitoba Fire Code for any building requiring a fire alarm system. When writing your Fire Safety Plan, you should ensure that you are following the requirements set out in the Manitoba Fire Code, and that you review your Fire Safety Plan no less than once per year.
A copy of your Fire Safety Plan should be kept in your building where it can be easily found and brought out in the event of a fire to assist the firefighters.
Fire Escape Plan
For buildings not requiring a Fire Safety Plan, it is important that you take the time to make up a Fire Escape Plan. In the event of a fire, having a Fire Escape Plan can help you and your family to safely exit the home and ensure that you stay safe while leaving the burning building and have a safe place to call emergency services from. Making a Fire Escape Plan as a family can help to teach children what do to in the event of a fire.
A child-friendly guide on how to make a Fire Escape Plan can be found Here.
Smoke Alarm Tests
Smoke alarms should be tested at least once a year and should be replaced as soon as possible when they begin to fail. A good opportunity with a consistent time each year is when you are changing your clocks for daylight savings – check all your alarms at the same time.
Signs of a failing smoke alarm include:
- Going off intermittently for no reason
- Random chirping, even after replacing the battery
- The test button fails to operate the alarm
- The last battery you installed in your smoke alarm lasted less than one year
- Your smoke alarm is more sensitive to burning food, cooking smoke, and humidity
Smoke alarms should be replaced as soon as they begin to fail, or after ten years, whichever comes sooner.