Practice your home fire escape plan during Fire Prevention Week
Townhsip Fire Chief, Scott Alexander, is urging families to practice their home fire escape plan as part of Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 8-14, 2017, is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!”
“Fire and smoke move faster than you,” said . “There’s no time to figure out how to escape your home AFTER a fire starts. Practice an escape plan BEFORE there’s a fire so you can get out safely.”
In a fire, you may have just seconds to safely escape your home. Be prepared in advance with these simple steps for home fire escape planning:
- Assess the needs of everyone in your home
Identify anyone who requires assistance to get out of the home safely, such as small children or older adults.
- Make sure that you have working smoke alarms on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas
Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm.
- Identify all possible exits ( doors and windows ) and make sure they work
Know two ways out of all areas, if possible.
- Everyone must know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds
Assign someone to help those who need assistance.
Identify a safe meeting place outside.
Call the fire department from outside the home – from a neighbour’s home or a cell phone.
- Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year
Have everyone participate.
Make changes to your plan if necessary.
By visiting this link, you can draw a floor plan of your home showing two ways out of every room, if possible.
Fire Prevention kits have been delivered to the stations in preparation for Fire Prevention Week. Innerkip Station has already attended the public school on parent teacher night, with Hickson Station attending the public school on October 12th & 13th. Tavistock Station attended a customer appreciation night with information specifically on smoke and CO alarms. Due to recent false alarms and failures of new alarm technology, the event host personally extended the opportunity to attend and offer education for their customers.