Bat­tal­ion fire chief stresses home prepa­ra­tion, dis­cus­sion

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - CLASSIFIEDS - EVAN RAD­FORD

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

EVAN RAD­FORD/DAILY HER­ALD

P.A. Fire Depart­ment bat­tal­ion chief Alex Paul says it’s im­por­tant for fam­i­lies to plan out their home fire es­cape plans.

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