Evac­u­a­tion plans save lives

Journal Pioneer - - ISLAND NEWS -

James Ryan knows that when a fire spreads quickly through a home, a safe fire es­cape plan can make all the dif­fer­ence. This Fire Preven­tion Week – Oct. 8 to 14 - Prince Ed­ward Is­land fire chiefs are shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences to high­light this year’s im­por­tant theme: “Ev­ery Sec­ond Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out” – and why all Is­landers should have a home es­cape plan.

“Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, a house on fire is not well-lit; of­ten times, homes on fire quickly be­come com­pletely dark due to the smoke,” said Ryan, chief of the Welling­ton Fire Depart­ment.

“By prac­tic­ing an exit plan, all fam­ily mem­bers will au­to­mat­i­cally know what to do, even in dark smoke. It’s es­pe­cially im­por­tant to prac­tice reg­u­larly with your chil­dren, so they are fa­mil­iar with their es­cape route and will be less likely to hide from fire in a closet or un­der a bed.”

Fam­i­lies should talk with chil­dren about home fire safety, how to evac­u­ate, and se­lect a safe meet­ing spot out­side in case they have to evac­u­ate.

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Welling­ton fire chief James Ryan pre­par­ing for Fire Preven­tion Week, Oct. 8-14, which will in­cludes fire ex­tin­guisher train­ing at the Welling­ton Fire Depart­ment on Oct. 14.

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