How to create a fire safety plan this Fire Prevention Week
A fire safety plan can include mapping your house, installing more fire alarms and designating a safe spot
The provincial government is reminding Manitobans to create a fire safety plan and escape route for this year's fire prevention week, which begins Sunday.
"It's important that every family has a fire safety plan and that they practice the plan so they know what to do in an emergency," said Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen, in a media release.
"It doesn't take long to prepare and can be a good family project. Practicing the escape plan could make the difference between getting out unharmed and being trapped inside if a fire breaks out," he said.
Fire Prevention Week runs from Oct. 6-12 and this year's theme is 'Not Every Hero Wears a Cape, Plan and Practice Your Escape.'
That could include drawing a map of the home and marking two exits from each room, practicing a fire drill and teaching children how to call 911.
Fire experts says people may have less than two minutes to escape a burning home once a smoke alarm goes off.
"Fire safety is such an important topic," said Brad Yochim, president, Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs. "It only takes a few minutes to make a map of your home with two exits out of every room, test your smoke alarm and choose an outside meeting place."
This year's campaign includes the following safety tips:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home and in every bedroom for maximum protection.
- Remove smoke alarms from the wall or ceiling, check for the manufacture date and replace any that are 10 years old or older.
- Connect hard-wired smoke alarms throughout the home so when one sounds, they all do.
- Test alarms monthly.
- Ensure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands they should go outside immediately if they hear it.
- Agree on a family meeting place.
- Stay outside and call the fire department.