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Students, check your smoke alarms: Waterloo Fire

Waterloo Fire is giving new and returning post-secondary students tips on fire prevention and safety during the academic school year
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Thousands of young people may be moving, many for the first time in their lives, to Waterloo Region, this September.

Waterloo Fire wants to remind those moving closer to their college or university campus to make sure in-house safety systems are on -- and working.

John Percy of Waterloo Fire Safety tells 570 NEWS there are a few things students can do to prevent any accidents:

  1. Check the smoke alarms; under the province of Ontario fire code, it's a requirement of the landlord to make sure all smoke alarms are working and turn on at all times. You can ask to check them in front of your landlord to ensure all smoke alarms are working.
  2. Stay in the kitchen when the stovetop is on; if your pot catches fire, wear an oven mitt and cover it with a lid. This will starve the flame of oxygen, making it instantly die. Percy says you must never put out a stovetop fire with water because it can cause an explosion.
  3. Don't leave your laptop charging on your couch or in your bed; units can overheat over long periods of time, potentially creating sparks that could lead to a bigger fire.
  4. Avoid using extension cords; instead, Percy recommends using power bars with a breaker or fuse protection.

On September 4, Waterloo Fire will be doing burn room demonstrations for 4000 first year Wilfrid Laurier University students.

The burn cell demonstrations will highlight the importance of smoke alarms and following fire exit plans.


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