Fire Pre­ven­tion Week fo­cuses on plan­ning two ways out

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Oc­to­ber 8-14 is Fire Pre­ven­tion Week and this year the theme is “Ev­ery Sec­ond Counts, Plan Two Ways Out.”

Fire Pre­ven­tion Week is an an­nual event that hap­pens dur­ing the week that con­tains Oc­to­ber 9, the an­niver­sary of the Great Chicago Fire, which re­sulted in the death of 300 peo­ple.

This year’s se­ri­ous mes­sage is about plan­ning ahead.

“In 2017, we chose the Fire Pre­ven­tion Week theme of “Ev­ery Sec­ond Counts. Plan Two Ways Out!” to re­in­force that, when fam­i­lies re­act to a fire event based on plans and prac­tice, they are more likely to get out of their home safely. Know­ing what to do and where to go – es­pe­cially when your pri­mary es­cape route is blocked by fire, heat or smoke – can save lives and pre­vent se­ri­ous in­jury,” said Ke­van D. Jess, Act­ing Fire Com­mis­sioner.

“Real world ex­pe­ri­ence, backed up by lab­o­ra­tory test­ing, has con­sis­tently con­firmed that res­i­dents may have less than three min­utes from the activation of their smoke alarm to exit a burn­ing res­i­dence and em­pha­sizes the ben­e­fits of hav­ing a sec­ondary es­cape route planned. As such, the Govern­ment of Al­berta has ad­vo­cated the use of the Three Minute Drill for res­i­dents since 2007.”

Ac­cord­ing to his an­nual mes­sage, he en­cour­ages that ev­ery­one en­sures they draft, dis­cuss and prac­tice a fire es­cape plan.

“Your lo­cal fire de­part­ment and the Of­fice of the Fire Com­mis­sioner are al­ways ready and will­ing to an­swer any fire safety ques­tions and pro­vide ad­di­tional guid­ance upon re­quest. Our goal is the same as yours: to en­sure you are pre­pared in the event of a fire and to help ev­ery­one get out safely,” he said.

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