Battalion fire chief stresses home preparation, discussion
As part of fire prevention week in the province, the battalion chief for the Prince Albert Fire Department says that families need to do more prep work in anticipation of potential home fires.
“Talking about an escape plan, having two ways to exit the home, deciding on a muster point; those are the things that can make a difference,” Alex Paul said.
He also noted that people could better inform themselves about closing bedroom doors in order to increase survivability during a fire.
“There are a couple of benefits to sleeping with your bedroom door closed. Should a fire break out in your house, it gives the occupant of the bedroom a lot more time to get out, a little better chance of survivability,” he explained.
Paul pointed to several videos on YouTube that demonstrate the time difference between a bedroom with a closed door and a bedroom with an open door during a fire that starts in a different part of the house.
“In many cases from the time a fire starts until a bedroom is un-survivable is three minutes or less, if you have you have the bedroom door open,” he said. Whereas if it’s closed, they’re showing five to six minutes of survivable temperatures and only light smoke in the bedroom.”
Deciding on a muster point outside the home is another key aspect that Paul said will go a long way in reducing the panic and shock that may accompany a family trying to escape a fire, especially as family members try to find each other outside of the home.
And he pointed to practice, preparation and discussion about all three of those points, similar to what schools do with fire drills.
There are a couple of benefits to sleeping with your bedroom door closed. Should a fire break out in your house, it gives the occupant of the bedroom a lot more time to get out, a little better chance of survivability. Alex Paul
P.A. Fire Department battalion chief Alex Paul says it’s important for families to plan out their home fire escape plans.