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Fire is the third leading cause of accidental death in Canada.  Approximately 85% of fire deaths occur in the home, and most deaths are due to smoke inhalation.  Smoke alarms will warn you of a fire in time to let you escape.

Here are some Basic Prevention Tips

  • Install a certified smoke alarm on each level of your home.
  • Have and practice a fire escape plan with your family.
  • Know your fire department's phone number.
  • Have and know how to use your fire extinguisher.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of children's reach.
  • Don't overload the electrical outlets.
  • Always barbecue outside.
  • Never leave grease cooking unattended.
  • Clean grease from burner pans and stove top regularly.
  • Install a smoke alarm outside each sleeping area.
  • Install smoke alarms on each level of your home.
  • Purchase smoke alarms that have the label of the underwriter's Laboratories of Canada.
  • Test the battery once a month (by pushing the button on the unit).
  • Never remove the battery for any reason.
  • Replace the battery every six months.
  • Replace smoke alarms every five years.

Contact Information

David VanBuskirk

Fire Marshal

Phone 580-767-0368

Fax 580-767-1335


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