Fire Safety is Your Responsibility
Fire safety is your responsibility, however if you live in a condominium it also depends on the actions of the Property Management Team and other residents. Every fire is potentially dangerous and unpredictable, so do not underestimate the risk to your life. Fire and smoke move very quickly, and the conditions in any part of the community may change in an instant. Smoke can spread throughout a community and enter your home even when the fire is many floors away. During an emergency, you will not have much time to decide what to do. Make sure you know what actions to take ahead of time.
The below information has been taken from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services website
How Can I Prepare?
Become familiar with the fire safety features provided in your community. For example, the effects of fire will be significantly reduced in a fully sprinklered community. This is an important consideration if you are unable to use stairs to evacuate during a fire emergency (e.g. physical disabilities, medical condition, etc.) or where the fire department has limited capacity to carry out a rescue.
- Learn the location of the exit stairways and practice using them.
- Know which floors you can use to cross from one stairway to another.
- Familiarize yourself with the fire alarm signal. Identify the location of fire alarm manual pull stations and read the instructions about how to operate them.
- If your community has a voice communication system, learn how it will be used by Property Management staff during an emergency.
- Get a copy of the fire emergency procedure from your Property Management Team and read them carefully. They may also be able to provide you with other important information. Keep this material in a prominent place and review periodically.
- Contact your Property Manager (or Fire Department) for more information.
Do I Stay or Do I Go?
Your choice will depend on the circumstances at the time of the emergency. You should understand the consequences of this important decision.
Most of the time, the best thing to do in a fire is to leave the community as soon as possible. If you let this opportunity pass, you must be prepared to protect yourself from smoke and other effects of fire until you are rescued or told by the fire department that it is safe to leave. This may take a long time and the conditions in the community may deteriorate. Do not try to leave your suite a long time after the fire alarm has sounded. The longer you wait to evacuate, the more risk there is that heavy smoke and heat will have spread into the stairways and corridors. Your chances of survival are significantly reduced.
Please review your Community Homecare Guide for more information regarding Fire Safety or contact your Property Management Team.