The Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department is encouraging families to have two ways out.
This year's theme for Fire Prevention Week is "Every second counts: Plan two ways out," a reminder for homeowners to make an escape plan and practice it.
“In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds,” said Fire Chief Shawn McKerry. “That’s why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation. It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.”
Having two ways out of every room includes an exit through a door and window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place, like a tree, light pole or mailbox (that’s a safe distance from the home).
Escape plans also generally incorporate working smoke alarms on every level of the home - in every bedroom and near all sleeping areas.
Every October, Fire Prevention Week is used to highlight a lifesaving message.
The Fort's firefighters are throwing the station doors open tomorrow (October 11) for an open house with tours, fire safety demos, a bouncy castle and hot dogs, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. That's at the Walter Thomas Fire Station.