Fire Prevention Week is underway in the Newfoundland and Labrador and this year’s theme is ‘Every Second Counts: Plant 2 Ways Out!’
“As this year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week suggests, home escape planning is absolutely critical in a fire situation,” said Derek Simmons, the province’s fire commissioner.
“Making a plan and practicing it ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.”
The following tips have been offered in preparing a 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 street address 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; and
- Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.