Fire Prevention Week: Planning two ways out could save your life

In a fire, seconds can mean the difference between residents in our community escaping safely or having their lives end in tragedy.

This Fire Prevention Week, running from Oct. 8 to 14, Leduc County is supporting the National Fire Protection Association’s message encouraging residents to plan two escape routes from their home to be used in the event of a fire.

It is critical that home escape planning is done proactively, because in a typical house fire, residents may have as little as one-to-two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds.

Leduc County Fire Services encourages residents to develop and practice a home escape plan, to help ensure all members of the family know how to respond when a fire alarm sounds. Practising various escape routes will help ensure families make it to safety.

David Brooks, deputy fire chief of operations and support services

A home escape plan is a map of the home, showing all doors and windows, with at least two escape routes from each room with a clear path to an outside meeting place that is a safe distance from the home.

To ensure all occupants are alerted to a fire, homeowners are reminded to ensure a working smoke alarm is located on every level of the home and in every bedroom.

NFPA and Leduc County Fire Services offer these additional tips and recommendations for developing and practising a home escape plan:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year; conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave — this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside; never go back inside a burning building.

To learn more about this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign and home escape planning, visit firepreventionweek.org.

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