Fire Prevention Week "Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape" Oct. 9-15, 2022
As Fire Prevention Week™ commences, the
Huron-Kinloss Fire & Emergency Services Department
reminds residents that
“Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.™”
Monday, October 10th, 2022 – The Huron-Kinloss Fire and Emergency Services Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®)—to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week TM (FPW), October 9-15, 2022. This year’s FPW campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape TM”, works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe from home fires.
“Today’s homes burn faster than ever. You may have as little as two minutes (or even less time) to safely escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA.
The Huron-Kinloss Fire and Emergency Services Department encourages all residents to embrace the 2022 Fire Prevention Week theme.
“It’s important for everyone to plan and practice a home fire escape. Everyone needs to be prepared in advance, so that they know what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Given that every home is different, every home fire escape plan will also be different,” said Chris Cleave, Fire Chief. “Have a plan for everyone in the home. Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out. Make sure that someone will help them!”
The Huron-Kinloss Fire & Emergency Services Department wants to share these key home fire escape planning tips:
- Make sure your plan meets the needs of all your family members, including those with sensory or physical disabilities.
- Smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected so when one sounds, they all sound.
- Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows open easily.
- Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone should meet.
- Practice your home fire drill at least twice a year with everyone in the household, including guests. Practice at least once during the day and at night.
The Huron-Kinloss Fire & Emergency Services Department is hosting a series of events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape”, including Fire Hall Open Houses at both the Ripley (October 11th, 5-8pm) and Lucknow (October 12th, 5-8pm) Fire Departments.
To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Huron-Kinloss, please contact Chris Cleave, Fire Chief at 519-395-3735. For more general information about Fire Prevention Week and fire prevention in general, visit fpw.org and sparky.org.
To create your own Home Escape Plan, click here for a printable guide.
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