North Hastings Fire Service is reminding you to be ready in case of a fire in your home.

This comes in the wake of a fire in Oshawa that claimed the lives of four people, including a mother and her two children.

The local fire service says you may have less than a minute to get out of your home safely if there’s a fire. With that in mind, Fire Prevention Officer Matt Musclow says smoke alarms are crucial to give you an early warning.

North Hastings Fire Service recommends having smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every floor of your home, and outside every bedroom.

Musclow says it’s also important to know how to get out of your home safely.

If someone in your home has a disability, NHFS also recommends that your escape plan take their needs into account.