Fire Prevention Week is held annually and highlights an important theme in fire education. From October 8 to 14, fire departments across BC and North America will be educating the public about the importance of fire safety and having a practised fire escape plan with two ways out.
Kamloops Fire Rescue encourages all Kamloops households to develop a plan together and practise it. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and 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. Kamloops Fire Rescue offers 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.
• 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.
• 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, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out” and home escape planning, visit firepreventionweek.org or contact Kamloops Fire Rescue.
Lyle Weninger, Life Safety Educator
Kamloops Fire Rescue