‘Today’s homes are burning faster’: Georgina Fire and Rescue Services urges families to practice a home escape plan
“The fire will not wait. Plan your escape.
It’s the theme for this year’s National Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15.
This year’s campaign focuses on simple but important steps everyone can take to protect themselves and their families from home fires.
“Homes today are burning faster than ever,” said Georgina Fire Chief Ron Jenkins.
“You may have as little as two minutes – or less – to escape a home fire from the time the smoke alarm sounds.”
It’s important for everyone in the house to practice an escape plan for what to do when the smoke alarm sounds, he added.
Every home is different, so every fire escape plan will be different too.
“Have a plan for everyone at home. Children, the elderly and people with disabilities may need help waking up and going out. Make sure someone will help them. he said.
Georgina Fire and Rescue Services offers tips for fire escape planning:
• Ensure that the plan meets the needs of all family members — children, seniors, and including those with sensory or physical disabilities;
• Smoke alarms must be installed in each bedroom, outside separate bedrooms and on each level of the house.
• Know at least two exits for each part. Make sure all doors and windows open easily;
• Have a designated meeting place outdoors, a safe distance from the house — a tree, a streetlight or a neighbour’s house. In the event of a fire, everyone must go directly to the meeting place to be registered. Dial 911. Never enter the burning building.
• Practice a home fire drill at least twice a year, once during the day and once at night, with all members of the household;
To kick off Fire Prevention Week, Georgina Fire and Rescue Services is hosting its annual Open House on September 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sutton Fire Station, 37 Snooks Road, Sutton.
Learn more about planning a fire escape route and other fire prevention tips.
The family event will also include a free community barbecue, fun interactive fire safety activities and a bouncy castle.
Firefighters will also perform a self-extraction demonstration at 12:30 p.m.
For more information, visit georgina.ca/fire.