Fire safety during COVID-19 pandemic

Fire safety during COVID-19 pandemic

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools and workplaces have close their doors, and events and activities are being canceled or postponed, we find ourselves spending more time in our homes, which significantly increases the risk of fire.

We encourage the practice of fire safety with these tips:

  • Be on alert when cooking and always remain in the kitchen while doing so
  • Institute a “no smoking” policy in the home
  • Switch to flameless candles
  • Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home
  • Replace smoke alarms and batteries when necessary
  • Test smoke alarms to make sure they are operating properly
  • Develop and map out a fire escape plan:
    • Plan two ways to escape from each room
    • Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily
    • Identify secondary routes
    • Designate an outside meeting place
  • Practice your at-home fire drill

During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Now is the opportune time to learn what to do to keep you, your family and your home safe.

For more information and to stay up-date with COVID-19:

The Bahamas Government – Website

COVID-19 hotline if they need advice.
The 24-hour Hotline at 502-7382;
376-9350 from 8am to 8pm; 376-9387 from 8pm to 8am, and toll free (242) 300-2619.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on the coronavirus.

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June Collie

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