FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2017
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time a smoke alarm sounds. That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.
The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week, October 8 to 14, is “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” This theme will better educate the public about the critical importance of developing a home escape plan and practising it.
West Kelowna Fire Rescue is encouraging residents of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation to develop a home escape plan with members in their household and practise it. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, near all sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (like a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that’s a safe distance from the home.
Here are some additional tips and recommendations for developing and practising a home escape plan:
- Draw a map of your home with all members of the household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
- Practise your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home; and, practise using different ways out.
- Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
- Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
- Once outside, stay outside; never go back inside a burning building.
In support of Fire Prevention Week, West Kelowna Fire Rescue and Westbank First Nation personnel will be visiting three mobile home parks from October 3 to 14 to check for working smoke alarms and discuss home escape planning with residents.