October 6 to 12 is Fire Prevention Week. Kamloops Fire Rescue (KFR) is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association—the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years—to promote this year’s campaign “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!”
Data from Statistics Canada shows that the number of structure fires declined by 26% between 2005 and 2014. However, residential fires consistently accounted for roughly 6 of every 10 structural fires during that period and, according to Statistics Canada, approximately 60% residential fires are caused by cooking equipment and smokers’ material.
“Situational awareness is a skill people need to use wherever they go,” said Lyle Weninger, KFR’s Life Safety Educator. “No matter where you are, look for available exits. If the alarm system sounds, take it seriously and exit the building immediately.”
In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes from the time the smoke alarm sounds to escape safely. Planning and practicing your escape can help you make the most of the time you have, which will give everyone enough time to get out. Make an escape plan and practise it with your family today.
There are four simple steps when making an escape plan:
1. Install working smoke alarms.
2. Draw a floor plan of your home.
3. Choose a family meeting place.
4. Schedule a home fire drill and practise with your family.