Evacuation plans save lives
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.
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.