Safety Tips for Smoke Emergencies

January 19, 2023 – Brampton Fire and Emergency Services (BFES) reported that crews were dispatched to a home on Jacobs Square in Brampton at approximately 2:45 p.m. on Thursday.

BFES stated on Twitter that firefighters were working to extinguish a fire in the basement of the home. Images from the scene depict smoke emanating from a townhome as firefighters work to bring the fire under control.

There have been no reports of injuries and BFES reported that the fire was contained by 3:30 p.m. BFES is urging residents to avoid the area while crews remain on the scene.

Smoke & Fire Safety Tips

It’s important to take smoke in the home seriously and take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your family safe. Here are some safety tips to follow in case of a smoke emergency:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area
  • Test smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries as needed
  • Develop and practice a fire escape plan with your family
  • If you discover a fire in your home, leave the house immediately and call 911
  • If you are trapped by smoke, close all doors between you and the fire to slow the spread of smoke and toxic gases
  • Stay low to the ground, where the air is cleaner and cooler
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a wet cloth or towel to help filter the air you breathe
  • Try to stay calm and move quickly to exit the building

It is also important to always follow the instructions of the fire department and any evacuation orders. Remember that smoke can be dangerous, so it is important to get out of the building as quickly and safely as possible.