Fire Prevention Week is October 4 – 10, 2015, with the Oakville kickoff scheduled for Saturday, September 26th. (more info at: http://www.oakville.ca/residents/fire-events.html).
This is the second blog of 3 dedicated to the 3 P’s of fire safety… Prevention, Planning, and Practice. Thanks to local fire fighters everywhere for the great work they do every day, not only at the scene of an incident, but also in actively promoting fire safety.
Our ability to get out in an emergency situation depends on advance warning and planning. Here are some guidelines to ensure you and your family’s safety around the home.
When a fire occurs, there is no time to waste. It is important to sit down with your family today and make a step-by-step plan for escaping from a fire.
- Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.
- Draw a floor plan of your home and ensure everyone understands the plan. Make sure your plan considers people with mobility issues and young children who may require assistance from others in order to get out safely.
- Identify two ways out of every room. Windows can be your second way out, but make sure that everyone can open the locks and windows easily from the inside. Any security bars on the windows must have a quick-release mechanism so you can get out safely.
- Go outside to see if your street number is clearly visible from the road. If not, paint it on the curb or install house numbers to ensure that responding emergency personnel can quickly find your home.
- Choose a family meeting place a safe distance from the front of your home and mark the location on your escape map.
- Call 9-1-1 to report a fire after everyone has reached the safe meeting place.
- Tell guests about your family's fire escape plan. When staying overnight at other people's homes, ask about their escape plan. If they don't have a plan in place, offer to help them make one.
Check back here next week for information on practicing your fire safety plan.
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