During Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14, 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.
For more information on a home escape plan and this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Every Second Counts Plan 2 Ways Out" visit www.firepreventionweek.org.
Mark Hoveling, Fire Prevention Officer