Fire Prevention Week focuses on planning two ways out
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.