During Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Service encourages residents to make a fire escape plan. In the case of a fire, every second counts which is why it is so important that everyone plans and practices two different ways to get out safely.
Things to consider when creating a fire escape plan:
- Plan two routes out of your home.
- Run practice drills twice a year in both the daytime and evening with all members of your family testing your different routes out.
- Ensure your house is clearly marked so it is easy for the fire department to find.
- Teach children the importance of crawling under smoke as well as closing doors to slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
- Designate a safe meeting place outside your home. Remind everyone that once they are outside, they should stay outside and NEVER go back inside a burning building.
To recognize Fire Prevention Week, Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services will be awarding their annual Fire Chief for a Day to one lucky Lethbridge student. They will also host the Community Heroes awards at City Hall on Thursday, October 10 at 11 a.m.
For more information on a home escape plan and this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape" visit www.firepreventionweek.org.
Troy Hicks, Fire Prevention Officer