October 8 to 14 is Fire Prevention Week and the City of Charlottetown Fire Department reminds residents to create and practise an escape plan in their home.
The theme for this year’s Fire Prevention Week is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. The Charlottetown Fire Department and its partners hope residents will review, and put into action, the tips offered by The National Fire Prevention Association:
· Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit;
· Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out;
· Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them;
· Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find;
· Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire;
· Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.
Leading up to Fire Prevention Week, the Charlottetown Fire Department is hosting an Open House on Sunday, October 1.
The Open House will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Station 1, 89 Kent Street. The event is free and all are welcome. Firefighters will be in attendance with fire prevention tips, and Sparky, the fire department mascot, will make an appearance. The public will also be able to learn how to use a fire extinguisher and experience several other firefighting related tasks.
During the open house, information will also be provided about Fire Prevention Week and the Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment Campaign running from September 21 to October 20.
For more about Fire Prevention Week, visit: www.firepreventionweek.org
City of Charlottetown